Biology


Key Members of the Biology Department:

Mrs U McAteer (HOD)

Mr D Gallagher

Ms A Jordan

Ms E McCutcheon (Technician)

 

Welcome

Why study biology?
 
1. It is highly relevant to everyday life: from your own health, to agriculture and control of disease.
 
2. Biology is one of the most dynamic fields of study in terms of the practical – methodology, analysis and interpretation;
the conceptual - the synthetic cell;
and the future - personalised medicine? DNA based computing? Gene Technology?
 
3. The biological sciences are the most diverse of subjects – from molecular biology to the biosphere. A qualification in biology equips you with skills: literacy, numeracy, socially awareness, and an ability to make connections between natural, social, economic, political and technological fields.
 
4. Biologists have many opportunities: the pharmaceutical industry; clinical and health professions; conservation; ecology.
 
ART1
 
Biology crosses the curriculum

Post-16

Post-16 Overview 
 The pupils are taught over 8 periods per week

 AS Module 1: Molecules & Cells

 1 hour 30 minutes written examination, externally assessed
 40% of AS
 20% of A Level
 
 Content
  • Molecules
  • Enzymes
  • Cells
  • Cell Physiology
  • Nucleic Acids and DNA Technology
  • Continuity of Cells
  • Tissues and Organs

 

 AS Module 2: Organisms & Biodiversity

 1 hour 30 minutes written examination, externall assessed
 40% of AS
 20% of A Level
 
 Content
  • The Principle of Exchange and Transport
  • Transport in Plants and Transpiration
  • Circulatory Systems in Mammals
  • The Adaptation of Organisms
  • The Variety of Life
  • Human Impact on Biodiversity

 

 AS 3: Assessment of Practical Skills in AS Biology

 Internal practical assessment
 20% of AS
 10% of A Level
 Two pieces of practical work are assessed

 A2 Module 1: Physiology & Ecosystems

 2 hour written examination, externally assessed
 40% of A2
 20% of A Level
 
 Content
  • Homeostasis and the Kidney
  • Immunity
  • Coordination and Control in Plants
  • Neurones and Synapses
  • The Eye and Muscle
  • Populations and Communities
  • Ecological Energetics and Nutrient Cycling
  • The Effect of Human Activty on the Environment

 

 A2 Module 2: Biochemistry, Genetics and Evolutionary Trends

 2 hour written examination, externally assessed
 40% of A2
 20% of A Level
 
 Content
  • Respiration
  • Photosynthesis
  • DNA as the Genetic Code (Protein Synthesis)
  • Gene Technology
  • Genes and Patterns of Inheritance
  • Mechanism of Change
  • Classification
  • Statistics

 

 A2 3: Assessment of Investigational and Practical Skills in Biology

 Internal practical assessment
 20% of AS
 10% of A Level
 One piece of practical is assessed

 

 

KS4

The pupils are taught for 5 periods per week
 
Form 4 Unit 1
 
Unit 1: Cells, Living Processes and Biodiversity
 
An externally assessed written examination consisting of a number of compulsory structured questions that provide opportunities for short answers, extended writing and calculations
Higher Tier: 1 hour 30 mins 35%
Every Summer
 
Content
  • Cells
  • Photosynthesis and Plants
  • Nutrition and Health
  • Digestion and Enzymes
  • Breathing and the Respiratory System
  • The Nervous System and Hormones
  • Ecological Relationships and Energy Flow

Form 5 Unit 2

 
Unit 2: Body Systems, Genetics, Microorganisms and Health
 
An externally assessed written examination consisting of a number of compulsory structured questions that provide opportunities for short answers, extended writing and calculations
Higher Tier: 1 hour 45 mins 40%
Every Summer
 
Content
  • Osmosis and Plant Transport
  • Chromosomes, Genes and DNA
  • Cell Division and Genetics
  • Reproduction, Fertility and Contraception
  • Applied Genetics
  • Variation and Selection
  • The Circulatory System
  • Microorganisms, Defence against Disease, Medicine and Drugs

Controlled Assessment

Unit 3: Practical Skills Controlled assessment
 
Students complete one controlled assessment task from a choice of two. Teachers mark the task and we moderate the results. 25%
 

Pupils are taught for 10 periods per week. 3 or 4 periods are dedicated to Biology and are taught by a specialist teacher.
 
Biology Unit 1: Living Processes and Biodiversity An externally assessed written examination consisting of a number of compulsory structured questions that provide opportunities for short answers, extended writing and calculations Foundation and Higher Tiers: 1 hour 11%
 
Biology Unit 2: Body Systems, Genetics, Microorganisms and Health An externally assessed written examination consisting of a number of compulsory structured questions that provide opportunities for short answers, extended writing and calculations Foundation and Higher Tiers: 1 hour 15 mins 14%
 
Practical Skills Unit, Controlled assessment: Students complete two controlled assessment tasks from a choice of six. The two tasks must come from different subject areas within the specification. Teachers mark the task and we moderate the results. 25%
 
Content
 
The content of the course is similar to the GCSE Biology content.
 
GCSE Biology Field Trip

Open Day

The Biology Department is always very popular on Open Days!

Calendar of Events

September 2015
 
Year 11 Biology Fieldwork
 
January 2016
 
Ulster Hall, Belfast
GCSE Biology pupils will be attending a series of lectures by prominent scientists including
Professor Steve Jones
Professor Dave Cliff
Dr Kate Lancaster
Professor Robert Winston
Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock


 

Address

38 Fortwilliam Park,

Belfast, County Antrim

BT15 4AQ

028 9037 0298