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Biology

Biology is taught as a separate subject to all boys from Year 7 onwards. In Year 8, the emphasis is on stimulating enjoyment in the subject, a permanent interest in the living world and the acquisition of the essential practical skills that will form a solid foundation for the GCSE course. A large proportion of this course is spent studying Microbiology and Biotechnology.  

A full and frank coverage of health education, including sex and drug education, is undertaken as part of the course with human reproduction covered in Year 8. The AQA IGCSE certificate course begins in Year 9 and as with Chemistry and Physics, there is no longer any coursework at GCSE for this course.

Head of Department - Mr I Dee

Course Specification

A Level 

A grade (or AA in Double Award Science) Biology GCSE is the minimum requirement to study A Level Biology. An A* grade is usually indicative of the ability to access top grades. Warwick School follows the AQA course specification.

This A Level would suit candidates who are…

  • Fascinated by the living world and wish to learn more about how living organisms interact with the environment and each other, building on what was learned at GCSE
  • Enjoy working in an independent way as well as in a team
  • Want to develop experimental and investigative skills
  • Enjoy studying a subject which is fundamental to all we do and which has become even more relevant to their own lives
  • Want to develop an informed view of the many important biological facets of today's world e.g. Global Warming, Biotechnology, Genetic Engineering, Medical Technology, Microbiology, Biomolecular engineering, Fertility Treatments, Ageing and many other areas
  • Either students who want to add breadth to their A Level studies, or for whom it will be an essential prerequisite e.g. Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Pharmacy and Biological sciences amongst others
  • You have the ambition to achieve top grades in a successful, popular and high achieving department
Science in Action 

Science in Action offers students the opportunity to undertake some extended science practical work. Ideal for those who love to experiment, investigate and ponder… but without the pressure of any write-ups or exams. Freed from the confines of the syllabus, Science in Action runs a carousel of biological, chemical and physical science activities, which give students the chance to see some of the synthesis, analysis and applied techniques more commonly used in undergraduate laboratories. Those choosing this course will have the opportunity to work alongside students and teachers from other schools and as such develop better communication skills as they form efficient working relationships. There is a degree of responsibility – some of the techniques require careful risk assessment, whilst the quality of products and results will depend upon each student’s own experimental diligence, as well as their ability to work in a team.

Having undertaken the first year of Science in Action, students may apply to carry out an independent research project. With limited places, commitment and aptitude must be shown, but the potential payoffs are huge. Working independently in Warwick School’s research-standard laboratories, students have the opportunity to genuinely contribute to the progress of the group’s work and get a privileged insight into the world of scientific research