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Aims & Philosophy of the Biology Department

Biology is a subject that everyone can relate to. The Biology Department at Queen Margaret’s aims to build upon this while helping girls develop an interest in and understanding of the natural systems in the world around us. We also aim to encourage enquiring minds through development of practical and investigative skills related to Biology.

Overview of Key Stage 5 Curriculum

Many girls choose to extend their studies of Biology to A level. It is an important topic to study for those girls wishing to apply for Medicine, Veterinary Science, Nursing or Biology related courses at University level.

In Key Stage 5, the major ideas in Biology are explored through the OCR syllabus. At AS level, the units include: Cells, Exchange & Transport (Unit F211) and Molecules, Biodiversity, Food & Health (Unit F212).

At A2 level, units include Communication, Homeostasis & Energy (Unit F214) and Control, Genomes & Environment (Unit F215). Both halves of the course include a practical assessment (Units F213 and F216).

What makes the department unique from those at other schools?

We make full use of our extensive grounds and laboratories to foster an interest and understanding of the natural world around us, and to support the teaching of Biology.  We encourage independent thought and an investigative approach.

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