Biology is taught as a separate subject by specialist teachers from the Third Year upwards.
(Ring-tailed lemur, captured during a 3rd Year Extension Trip to their enclosure).
We begin the IGCSE (Edexcel) course at the start of the 3rd Year, enabling students to make the choice between Double or Triple Award Science from the 4th Year onwards.There is a strong emphasis on practical work throughout all year groups. Activities are undertaken both within the laboratory and outside in the school grounds, with 3rd Year students spending time within the College grounds investigating the ecology of the local environment. Our Sixth Form students develop their knowledge of ecosystems further at various sites on the Isle of Wight.
The A Level and GCSE syllabuses strongly reflect the ever changing face of Biology in the modern world. Biotechnology, genetic engineering and areas such as stem cell research are becoming the foundations of our teaching, making Biology a very exciting and dynamic discipline to be involved with.
A number of extra-curricular clubs are held within the department. Ably assisted by some of our A Level students, participants in the Biology club have taken part in a rat dissection, whilst those involved in the newly formed Marine Biology club have looked at ways in which we can preserve life within our oceans. Sixth Form students are actively encouraged to take part in the Science Society (Kepler Society), where weekly lectures enthral all, whilst the Medics are catered for separately with a specially designed programme for their benefit.