Biology is concerned with the natural world of plants, animals and micro-organisms. The interdependence of different organisms is a key feature of the modern subject and the complex ethical issues and scientific breakthroughs in the news headlines frequently have Biology at their core.
At Worth Biology is taught from Year 9 as an interesting, exciting and relevant subject through a range of learning activities. The Biology department is proud of its beautiful, modern laboratories. To enhance learning, these are well equipped with SmartBoard, visual presenter, video and computer, plus other equipment including build-your-own DNA models.
From Year 9 students begin studying the Edexcel International Biology IGCSE level, concentrating on the core units relevant to all of our IGCSE courses. Biology is introduced as an interesting, exciting and relevant subject worth engaging with in pursuit of personal understanding of the living world and our responsibility for its stewardship. Biology, as with all the Science courses, is a linear course with plenty of scope for practical work, from growing microorganisms to heart dissection.
Practical work puts theory into practice and develops essential skills for further study of this subject. Biology trips enable students to appreciate how a knowledge of biology is critical to everyday materials, technology and innovations.
Biology is offered to students from a range of academic profiles, either as an A Level subject or as a Standard or Higher Level component of the IB course. We follow the AQA specification at A Level which covers many different aspects of the subject including bacteria and intestinal disease, DNA and diversity and also biochemistry.
The IB course gives a breadth of knowledge, but includes the opportunity to study two topics in greater depth and to consider the theory of scientific knowledge. Both courses are rich in practical content and we run a field day during the summer term for all Biology Sixth form students, most recently this has been to Woburn Safari Park. The most able Sixth Formers are encouraged to tackle the Biology Olympiad and our proximity to London offers opportunities to attend specialist lectures and revision courses.