Biology is apart of us all...something we can all relate to

Biology is the natural science concerned with the study of life and living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, evolution, distribution, identification and taxonomy. In other words, it is part of us all, a subject that everyone can relate to. In the Biology Department at Westbourne we aim to support pupils as they explore this vast and eclectic field, composed of many branches and sub disciplines, helping them to develop an interest in and an understanding of the natural systems in the world around us. We also aim to encourage enquiring minds through development of practical and investigative skills related to Biology.

What will I learn?

Pupils follow the AQA KS3 syllabus for Biology, which equips them with the basic knowledge and concepts required to study the subject in more detail at GCSE. The broad progression of topics covered is as follows;
Year 7 Cells Structure and function of body systems Reproduction
Year 8 Health and lifestyle Ecosystem processes Adaptation and inheritance

GCSE Biology

Years 9, 10 and 11 Pupils commence the GCSE syllabus, working through the following topics:
Cell biology Organisation Infection and response Bioenergetics Homeostasis and response Inheritance, variation, and evolution Ecology.

By the end of their GCSE course pupils should have a basic understanding of the biological principles covered in each topic along with the associated practical techniques and required mathematical skills, which will provide them with a firm foundation for future study at A-level.

Assessment is in the form of two 1 hour and 45 minute papers, each of which is worth 50% of the final grade and is sat at the end of Year 11. There are two tiers available, depending on a pupil's ability: Foundation (grades 1 to 5) and Higher (grades 4 to 9).

Science Department Annual school trips, visits, field work and other activities

Pupils are encouraged to engage with their subject, and are helped to bring it into context, with the use of practical demonstrations, field work in the local area, and organised events both in and out of school. Popular events include; Forensics day, Science Live and the Big Bang each March.

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