St Louis Grammar School
Ballymena
Promoting Excellence, Endeavour and Empowerment

Biology

Our aim in the Biology Department is to stimulate curiosity, interest and enjoyment in Biology and the study of living organisms in particular, develop an interest in and care of the environment and promote respect for all forms of life. We also aim to equip our pupils with a scientific approach to the solving of problems thus providing training, both as an end in itself and as the foundation for more advanced study.
To achieve these aims it is important that all pupils develop practical skills that will enable them to work safely with scientific apparatus and biological materials and research skills that will enable them to work independently. We thoroughly prepare our pupils for their external examinations within an atmosphere of interest and commitment.
     

Key Stage 3
In the Junior school, Biology covers the Key Stage 3 National Curriculum. Much practical work is carried out to promote interest in the subject and Independent study is encouraged through internet research and project work.
     

GCSE
At KS4 we offer the CCEA Double Award GCSE syllabus. The Biology component of Double Award Science is examined by means of two separate papers, each lasting one hour. There is also assessment of practical skills through controlled assessment.
Unit 1: Living Processes and Biodiversity.
Unit 2: Body Systems, Genetics, Micro-organisms and Health
Unit 3: Practical Skills - Controlled Assessment
     

A-Level
At A level, the CCEA specification is followed. Students may take just one year of the course and gain an AS level qualification or continue and do a second year to gain an A level (AS + A2). Students must obtain at least a Grade C at AS level to proceed to A2 level.

The course is made up as follows:


AS Biology – 3 written exams and internal practical assessment.

 

Content

Assessment

Weightings

AS 1: Molecules and Cells

External written exam.

1 hour 30 minutes.

37.5% of AS

(15% of total A-level)

AS 2: Organisms and their Environment

External written exam.

1 hour 30 minutes.

37.5% of AS

(15% of total A-level)

AS 3: Practical Skills

External written exam.

1 hour and internal practical assessment .

25% of AS level

(10% of total A-level)

 

A2 Biology – 3 written exams and internal practical assessment

 

Content

Assessment

Weightings

A2 1: Physiology, Coordination and Control, and Ecosystems

External written exam.

2 hours 15 minutes.

 

24% of A-level

AS22: Biochemistry, Genetics and Evolutionary Trends

External written exam.

2 hours 15 minutes.

24% of A-level

A2 3: Practical Skills

External written exam.

1 hour 15 minutes

and internal practical assessment.

12% of A-level

 

 

FACILITIES
We have three fully equipped Biology laboratories with interactive whiteboards and the help of a Biology technician.
After school revision classes are run prior to public examinations.
 

TEACHERS
Mrs A O'Hara (HOD) BSc. Hons P.G.C.E
Miss S McCaw BSc. Hons P.G.C.E. MEd.
Mr G McCorley B.Ed


TECHNICIAN
Mrs K Preston BSc. Hons




 

 


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