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Students are generally taught all three sciences by one teacher. Biology, Chemistry and Physics topics are taught in rotation. Students have 6 periods a fortnight of science lessons.

Year 7 Biology topics
Cells and organisation, Photosynthesis and Ecosystems, Reproduction.

Year 8 Biology topics
Genetics and Evolution, Gas Exchange and Respiration, Organ Systems.

From Year 9 students have 2 periods a week of Biology and should spend a similar amount of time at home on homework and reviewing their class work and this should build up to approximately 3 hours of work a week in year 11.

Year 9 Biology topics
Key concepts in Biology, Cells and Control, Genetics


Year 10 Biology topics

Natural Selection and Genetic Modification, Health and Disease, Plant Structures and functions


Year 11 Biology topics
Animal Coordination, Exchange and Transport, Ecosystems

Students in Year 11 are following the Edexcel GCSE Biology specification 2BIO1. Further details of both specifications can be found at



Students will take two exams at the end of Year 11. Each paper is 1 hour and 45 minutes long and worth 50% of their GCSE. Each exam consists of multiple choice, short answer, calculations and extended questions. Students are also required to complete 8 core practicals during the GCSE Biology course.  

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