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At St George's College we believe that developing the optimism and resilience students need to successfully navigate life is as important as academic education, and will enhance their engagement with
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Members of Staff:
Ms Beauty Chiponda
Mrs Barbara Dean
Students begin their two-year IGCSE biology course in Form 3, with teaching shared between several members of staff. Students attend five lessons a week; these include as much practical work as possible. Lessons take place in one of our three well equipped laboratories. Students are introduced to microscope work and basic skills of use of equipment, measuring and recording data, analysis and interpretation and an understanding of the limitations of scientific method.
The biology syllabus is designed to give flexibility both to teachers and to candidates and to place greater emphasis on the understanding and application of scientific concepts and principles than on the recall of factual material, whilst still giving a thorough introduction to the study of the subject. Our departmental aim is to make the students more aware of how living things work and to make them responsible for their environment.
Classes are tested regularly and take internal examinations at mid-year and year end. The papers are set according to the style and standard of the final IGCSE papers. There are three examinations at the end of the two years:
The syllabus’ subject content is divided into an AS, done in lower 6, and A2 done in Upper 6.
The department offers well-equipped laboratories, with A2 and AS students having access to their own electric light microscopes. A great deal of practical work is undertaken at this level of the course. At the moment the pupils are taught only by the head of department.
Aims that are assessed include knowledge with understanding. Students should also be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding in relation to factors such as
Pupils must be able to handle information and solve problems using oral, written, symbolic, graphical and numerical forms of presentation, while also experimenting with their newly-acquired skills and investigations.
Students begin the AS course as soon as they return from Service Projects and Lower 6 selection. A good grounding in Chemistry and Mathematics are recommended as well as an A grade at IGCSE.
The AS introduces cellular ultra structure, biochemistry and enzymes, transport at a cellular level, cell and nuclear division, genetic control, mass transport in plants and humans, infectious diseases and immunity, gas exchange and diseases of the gas exchange system with an emphasis on the effects of smoking, and some ecology.
There are three AS examinations done at the end of the year:
The A2 course begins when the Lower 6 students have finished their examinations in November. It includes a Core and an Applications of Biology section, which is studied, in its entirety, by all A2 candidates.
Topics in the core include photosynthesis, respiration, regulation, inherited change, and selection and evolution. The applications build on these topics to introduce students to topical fields of biology such as biodiversity and conservation, gene technology, biotechnology, crop science, and reproduction using IVF. Students do some of their own research on the internet.
There are two A2 examinations: