Biology

Head of Department: Helen Blee

Exam board: AQA

Biology at A-level takes a big step up from GCSE and students are able to look in much greater detail at many of the topics covered in previous years.

The linear course culminates in three exam papers. Year 12 work includes, biological molecules, cell structure, exchange and transport systems and includes a field trip to Holkham in Norfolk with the start of the ecology work for the second year. In Year 13 students look into the complexities of photosynthesis and respiration, as well as the nervous system, genetics and gene expression.

An extensive range of activities allow students to develop their practical skills, enabling them to make links with theories. Students gain practical competency and skills in a range of techniques. These are assessed throughout the course within the normal lab environment.

Students have the opportunity to take part in the ‘Intermediate Biology Olympiad’ in Year 12 and the ‘Biology Olympiad’ in Year 13 and we have had many medallists over recent years.

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Exam Results

Average of the A Level results in Biology achieved by Ipswich School students over the most recent three year period (2017, 2018, 2019) A* 15%, A*-A 55%, A*-B 74%, A*-C 91*