Biology is the study of living organisms, divided into many specialized fields that cover their morphology, physiology, anatomy, behaviour, origin and distribution.

From Year 9 Biology is taught as a separate subject by specialists. Most of the KS3 syllabus for biology is covered in Years 7 & 8, allowing us to go beyond the National Curriculum and to start the content in Year 9. 

At GCSE Level, pupils are prepared for the AQA Biology specification. This specification contains a broad range of biological topics that are designed to engage and stimulate students’ interest in biology whilst providing the knowledge and understanding required for progression to A Level. The specification emphasises scientific knowledge, the application of science and the scientific process. The GCSE course follows 10 required practicals that the pupils must be able to describe and explain. These are completed in our well-equipped labs.

Topics include: 

  • Cell Biology
  • Tissues, Organs and Organ Systems
  • Health and Disease
  • Enzymes and Digestion
  • Infection and Immune Response
  • Bioenergetics
  • Homeostasis and Response
  • Inheritance, Variation and Evolution
  • Ecology

We have our own Science Enhancement Programme at the school and we take part in a wide range of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) events organised in London and beyond.

Biology GCSE Specification is below and Biology is also a popular subject at A Level where we also follow the AQA specification.

GCSE AQA Biology Specification  
A Level AQA Biology Specification