In Year 8 the Biology curriculum is delivered as a series of topics. There is an emphasis on the development of practical skills via investigation and experimentation and that Biology can be lots of fun.
Topics covered include:
The skeleton – the functions of the skeleton, identifying bones, types of joints, muscles and movement, damage to joints and the spine.
The lungs and breathing – lung anatomy, ventilation, measuring lung capacity, gas exchange and the differences between inhaled and exhaled air.
The heart and circulation – the structure of the heart, blood vessels, blood, measuring heart rate and blood pressure.
Fitness and healthy eating – effects of exercise on the joints, muscles and heart, fitness tests and recovery, main components of a healthy diet, food identification tests.
Classification – the five kingdoms, producers and consumers, food chains and webs, adaptation and factors affecting population size.
Edexcel IGCSE / Code: 4BI1
All students follow the IGCSE course from the beginning of Year 9. This gives time for consolidation and extension work where appropriate.
The aim of the course is:
The content of the course covers a wide variety of topics including:
Throughout, there is an emphasis on the study of human biology and the interaction of humans with other species. Students carry out practical work as an integral part of the course.
AQA A level / Code: 7401
The course is designed to enable students to:
Biology encourages the development of a wide range of key skill areas. Students must possess the ability to analyse and interpret biological information and be able to express themselves fluently. The specification aims to develop both breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding via the study of 8 modules:
1 – Biological molecules
2 – Cells
3 – Organisms exchange substances with their environment
4 – Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms
5 – Energy transfers in and between organisms
6 – Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments
7 – Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems
8 – The control of gene expression
The course includes the development of practical skills which will be separately accredited on the A Level certificate as an A Level practical endorsement. Some ecology fieldwork will be carried out as part of the course; this is often whole-day activities at off-school sites.