Biology

Biology

The Biology Department teaches Biology at Key Stage 3, GCSE and A Level. The Head of Department is Mrs Julia Metcalf, who has been in post since January 2014. There are five full-time teachers who use four teaching rooms in the Science Centre, supported by a Biology technician and a senior science technician.
The subject follows the Edexcel IGCSE course, with approximately two-thirds of the year studying Biology as a separate science. The Biology department follow the AQA specification at A Level. The department works closely with the other sciences, collaborating on a number of trips, through an active Third Form Science Club and through the use of a dedicated Science Sixth Form Study Room. Biology also benefits from a dedicated conservation area within the school grounds and there is a thriving Medical Society in the Upper Fifth and Sixth Form. Biology offers many enrichment activities including lectures, field trips and enters academic competitions, such as the Olympiad and Biology Challenge. There is a popular visit from the Digestion Dome and Lower Fifth pupils take part in an annual ‘Men in White Coats’ event at Exeter University. The Sixth Form benefit from visits to see the Electron Microscope at Plymouth University, a Gene Technology Day organised by Exeter University and a summer field trip to Nettlecombe Court FSC.