The study of Biology offers an exciting and diverse curriculum to inspire a love of, and respect for, the natural living world, and encourages a lifelong interest in biology.

Head of Department: Miss Christina Pugsley

Girls in Remove (Year 7) and Lower Fourth (Year 8) follow the biology section of the Common Entrance 13+ Science syllabus. In the Upper Fourth (Year 9), girls begin to study topics from the Edexcel International GCSE Biology specification, which leads to a separate science Biology International GCSE qualification at the end of the Upper Fifth (Year 11). In the Sixth Form, girls follow Edexcel A Level Biology specification B.

Both the International GCSE and A Level courses place a strong emphasis on practical skills and we are very fortunate to have extremely well resourced biology laboratories, extensive grounds with a range of habitats, and a dedicated biology technician. In addition, the Upper Sixth (Year 13) girls attend an offsite residential field course, where they carry out ecological surveys. A high proportion of girls who study Biology in the Sixth Form go on to read biological related degrees, including medicine, veterinary medicine and biomedical sciences.

We are proud that a number of our girls regularly achieve awards in national Biology competitions, such as the Biology Challenge, the Intermediate Biology Olympiad and the Biology Olympiad.

Full details of the curriculum are available in the I/GCSE and Sixth Form options publications. Further information about the teaching and learning of Biology may be obtained by contacting the Head of Department, Miss Christina Pugsley

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