Department Information

Biology

Members of the Department

Mr C Waters
Mrs D Cassidy
Mrs C Clarke
Miss J Fell
Mrs M Glynn
Mr N McConville
Miss G Matthews


Aims

Biology is the study of living organisms. This includes their structure, how they function, their origin and evolution, classification, interrelationships and distribution.

Key Stage 3

Pupils follow the revised NI curriculum in Science. Biology is taught as part of a General Science course in Years 8 and 9.  Biology is taught as a separate discipline in Year 10.


Key Stage 4 (GCSE)

This is divided into three units: 

  • Unit 1 - Cells, Living Processes and Biodiversity
  • Unit 2 - Body Systems, Genetics, Microorganisms and Health
  • Unit 3 - Practical Skills (Controlled Assessment)

GCSE DOUBLE AWARD SCIENCE

The Biology component is divided into three units: 

  • Unit 1 - Living Processes and Biodiversity
  • Unit 2 - Body Systems, Genetics, Microorganisms and Health
  • Unit 3 - Practical Skills (Controlled Assessment)

The majority of our Key Stage 4 Biology pupils study Double Award Science. 


Key Stage 5 (GCE)

Biology is the study of living organisms which includes their structure, functioning, origin and evolution, classification, interrelationships and distribution.

AS LEVEL MODULES

  • AS 1: Molecules and Cells 
  • AS 2: Organisms and Biodiversity
  • AS 3: Practical Skills in AS Biology

A2 LEVEL MODULES

  • A2 1: Physiology, Co-ordination and Control, and Ecosystems
  • A2 2: Biochemistry, Genetics and Evolutionary Trends
  • A2 3: Practical Skills in Biology

Students study the CCEA specification.


Career Opportunities

Medicine, Veterinary Science, Dentistry, Nursing, Physiotherapy, Radiography, Teaching, Dietetics, Agricultural Science, Pharmacy.

Clinical molecular geneticistHigher education lecturerNature conservation officer,PharmacologistResearch scientist (life sciences)Research scientist (medical)

'A' level Biology is needed for university courses such as medicine and pharmacy.