Studying Biology at Bloxham School
Biology is one of the three science courses taught at Bloxham. Each year group is set and taught by subject specialists. Biology students are usually at the forefront of Bloxham’s very popular Animal Club activities.
Biology in the Lower School
Through the Lower School syllabus we provide all our pupils with a broad introduction to the topics covered at GCSE. We aim to do this in a practical way and design the lessons to be hands-on to develop our pupils’ application of the subject.
Biology in the Third Form upwards
At GCSE, we use the AQA iGCSE syllabus. This specification does not have any controlled assessment material and so allows students to develop a more detailed understanding of topics to prepare themselves for the jump to A Level. The course covers all the main topics and our Scheme of Work has been developed to maintain the kinaesthetic learning that we encourage within the department.
Biology in the Sixth Form
We currently use the OCR exam board. The AS course in the Lower Sixth year consists of two theory units which are assessed by written exams. Each paper is worth 30% and 50% respectively. The third unit is an externally moderated practical assessment, which is worth 20%.
Students continuing Biology to A2 should have achieved at least a C grade in the AS course as the A2 course is more demanding. The A2 course follows a similar set up to the AS units. In common with most modular courses, it is possible to re-sit an exam unit and the higher mark counts towards their relevant award at AS or A Level.