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Biology Department

Head of Department: Miss Carberry

Dr McKee
Mrs Briggs

No one can predict the future, but this much is known: the next century is the time of the biologist, who will be in the forefront of the most challenging intellectual problems; such as understanding the most elemental building blocks of the mechanisms of life, classifying the incredible variety of organisms that inhabit our plane and deciding what lies ahead for the future of genetic engineering.
Biology also lies at the heart of major social problems that face the human race in the coming decade, such as sensible management of the environment and the effective control of human populations. It is vital that educated people understand the contributions that biological sciences have made and will continue to make for the future welfare of human beings.

GCSE Biology

The specification followed is CCEA Biology Higher Tier which allows grades A* -D to be awarded. The Biology Department aims to ensure a comprehensive delivery of the course along with the development of experimental and investigative skills and provides many opportunities to meet the key skills such as Numeracy, Literacy, ICT, problem solving and working with others. It also encourages students to take responsibility for managing their own learning.

The specification is designed as a pathway to possible further study at A level and is divided into 4 main components:

  • Living Organisms and Life Processes
  • Environment
  • Variation
  • Microbiology

 

GCE Biology

The study of Biology at Advanced Level is an introduction to these concepts and it is relevant not only for those wishing to progress into the field of science, engineering and biomedical sciences; but also to the areas of commerce and public services in which problem solving and practical skills are valued. The specification also contributes towards an understanding of ethical and cultural issues, thus adding to a full and rounded education.

The specification followed is CCEA Advanced Level and the teaching of each module is shared by two specialist Biology Teachers in fully equipped laboratories. The Biology Department aims to ensure a comprehensive delivery of the course along with the development of experimental and investigative skills and provides many opportunities to meet the key skills such as Numeracy, Literacy, ICT, problem solving and working with others. It will also encourage students to take responsibility for managing their own learning.

Course Units

AS Unit 1 Molecules and Cells
AS Unit 2 Organisms and Biodiversity
AS Unit 3 Coursework – 2 pieces carried out between October and February

A2 Unit 4 Physiology and Ecosystems
A2 Unit 5 Biochemistry, Genetics and Evolutionary trends
A2 Unit 6 Coursework – one investigation carried out in February/March

 

Basil McCrea MLA with Lurgan College Year 11 pupils Reuben Cordner, Ryan Jenks, Tyler McCreanor and Biology teacher Miss T Carberry at the launch of the BodyWorks weekend.
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