Biology

Welcome to the Biology Department at Cambridge House Grammar School. Students are encouraged to explore Biology through practical experiments and teaching and learning.

Biology is, quite simply, the scientific exploration and study of life. It covers a number of subjects, like plants (botany), animals (zoology), marine animals and plants (marine biology), micro-organisms (microbiology), genes (genetics), and many more.

Staff

  • M Finlay - Head of Department
  • Dr Y Winder
  • G Wilkinson
  • C MacNamara
  • B Breen
  • P Cullen - Technician

Curriculum

Year 8 & 9

In Years 8 and 9 pupils study General Science following the NI Science Pathways Curriculum.

Year 10

In Year 10 pupils study Biology separately from the other sciences. This lays the foundation for their GCSE topics.

Year 11

In Year 11 pupils study the CCEA Double Award specification.

Unit 1

Topics studied:
Nutrition & Health
Enzymes & Digestion
Respiration
Nervous system
Ecology Photosynthesis

Unit 1 Examination in May of Year 11 accounting for 11% of total marks

Tracking

1 - Nutrition & Enzymes tests: October

2 - Respiration and Nervous system tests

3 - Ecology test: February

4 - Unit 1 Mock Examination: May

What to expect next year: Year 12

Controlled Assessed Task: 25% of total marks.

Pupils will do two pieces; one in Biology and one in Physics in Year 12.

  • Physics: Nov - Dec Yr 12
  • Biology: Oct - Nov Yr 12
Unit 2

Topics still to cover:

  • Circulation and Immunology
  • Controlled Assessment Task
  • Osmosis and Transpiration
  • Reproduction
  • DNA
  • Cell Division and Genetics
  • Variation and Selection

 

Unit 2 Examination in May of Year 12 accounting for 14% of total marks

Year 12

Careers associated with Biology

There are different branches of biology. Some of the enriching careers in the field of biology are as follows:

  • Agriculture 
  • Anatomy 
  • Astrobiology 
  • Biochemistry 
  • Bioengineering 
  • Biomechanics 
  • Biomedical jobs 
  • Biophysics 
  • Biotechnology 
  • Botany 
  • Cell biology 
  • Conservation Biology 
  • Developmental biology 
  • Ecology 
  • Embryology 
  • Environmental Biology
  • Epidemiology 
  • Evolutionary Biology 
  • Genetics 
  • Histology 
  • Marine Biology 
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular 
  • Biology 
  • Mycology 
  • Neurobiology
  • Oncology 
  • Population biology 
  • Pathology 
  • Parasitology 
  • Pharmacology 
  • Physiology 
  • Structural biology 
  • Virology 
  • Zoology