The Biology department aims to provide students with high-quality teaching and learning in a fascinating and thoroughly rewarding field of science. Students can expect lessons taught by enthusiastic teachers of varied backgrounds in multiple biological fields. Students who leave QEGS after taking Biology will have received training to improve their employability and abilities as an analytical thinker. Our department prides itself on training our students to become skilled members of the broader scientific community.
Key Stage 3
Our curriculum for Key Stage 3 covers a wide variety of topics that aim to provide a solid foundation for the current requirements for Biology qualifications nationally. We start Key Stage 3 with the fundamental building blocks of life and expand out to cover the functions of the body, energy and ecosystems, and finish with the variation of life and factors that impact the health of an organism.
Key Stage 4
Our Key Stage 4 curriculum follows the AQA examination board schemes of work for both the Biology GCSE and the Combined Trilogy awards. Students will study a wide variety of fields, including cell biology, organisation of organisms, response to infection, bioenergetics, homeostasis, response to stimuli, inheritance, variation, evolution and ecology; with each of these topics being supported by engaging and useful skill-based practical experiments. The Biology GCSE covers a wider variety of topics within these headings when compared to the Combined Trilogy, however, both are rigorous and well-renowned courses for future employers.
Key Stage 5
Key Stage 5 at QEGS follows the AQA A-level specification, and includes such broad topics as biological molecules, cells, exchange with the environment, genetics, variation, energy transfer, response to changes in the external and internal environments, population and evolutionary genetics and the control of gene expression. As part of the course students will be tasked with challenging and engaging required practical experiments, which will improve student’s problem solving skills whilst also preparing them for work in biological industries.
Facilities and Resources
Our department has four modern and well stocked laboratories that can cater to the wide needs of both required practicals for all age groups, as well as allowing for engaging teaching and demonstrations in class. The department has a full-time technician on hand to assist with the set-up and successful completion of experiments carried out in the laboratories.
Trips and visits
The Biology department is fortunate enough to run several trips per year for a wide variety of year groups and purposes. Such trips in recent memory include; Years 10 and 12 trips to UCLAN for Biology, Medicine and Pharmacology taster sessions, the Year 9 trip Chester Zoo, as well as a popular Year 13 trip to the Malham Field Centre to complete ecological surveys as experience for those taking biological sciences at university. Such trips always serve as an enlightening and useful tool to assist with student’s learning.
The teachers within the department are involved with a variety of extra-curricular activities, both for academic reasons as well as for student enjoyment. Aside from the extra clinics and revision classes that are available to students, the Biology department has become involved with the British Science Association’s CREST award scheme, as well as work with projects offered by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to tackle problems with insecticide treated bed nets. These examples of activities we provide proved especially popular, and we are looking forward to expanding them, as well as introducing new projects in the near future.