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The Biology Department is housed within the new Science Centre and operates using five laboratories, an environmental project room, a large preparation room and department office – it is supported by the well-equipped Cavell Science Library. The department is well-resourced and much of the work undertaken is based on practical activity. All rooms are equipped with network-linked audio-visual equipment.
In the first three years pupils are taught following the Edexcel IGCSE specification where they learn some fundamental anatomy and physiology, but also some more modern biology such as applied genetics. The course is quite demanding but also allows a range of practical and analytical skills to be developed.
In the Sixth Form pupils study the AQA Biology A level course. They start by looking at cells and the biochemistry of reactions that occur within them, as well as how cell activities are controlled by DNA. Moving from the microscopic level, pupils look at the functioning of whole organisms, examining human and some plant systems, as well as the behaviour of organisms in response to changes in their environment. The interactions of organisms will be studied in the ecology topics within the A level, including our Field Trip. There are also sections within the course on diseases, including HIV and cancer, and how the body defends itself from attack. Modern DNA technology such as gene therapy and DNA fingerprinting are also investigated.
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