St Peter's School
Nature does not proceed by leaps and bounds.
- Carl Linnaeus
The Biology department has five well-appointed laboratories and a preparatory laboratory. The subject is taught by qualified specialists, supported by a dedicated technician. A wide range of teaching and learning techniques are used in the delivery of Biology including extensive practical work, use of computers and pupil initiative. The subject is a very popular post-16 choice for pupils and many of the department’s Sixth Form pupils continue with biological courses at university.
Biology is taught as part of the EdExcel International GCSE Science (Double Award).
Through studying Biology, pupils develop skills of interpretation, comprehension, data analysis and presentation as well as covering traditional and contemporary biological topics as theoretical concepts.
The new Lower Sixth will begin on the Edexcel Biology B A-Level which will be examined at the end of the Upper Sixth year in three written examinations. There is no coursework but there is an additional practical endorsement qualification that highlights their practical skills gained across the course. There are no exams at the end of Lower Sixth.
Upper Sixth biologists follow the OCR A2 course. Both the AS and A2 courses include considerable use of practical work and both require the completion of practical assessments completed in the department’s laboratories.
In the Upper Sixth all students attend a three-day residential field course during which they learn about ecological components of the course.
Pupils are encouraged to contribute to the Science Society events. Expedition day in the Third Form sees pupils completing a day of ecological work in Dalby Forest.
The department has many living specimens and pupils are encouraged to show interest in and care for these organisms.