Biology

The curriculum map linked below outlines how we have sequenced our Biology Curriculum to enable Maidstonians to build their knowledge and skills towards clear end points.

Biology Years 7-13 Curriculum Outline 2022-23

 

Key Stage 3: (Years 7-8)

KS3 students study all three sciences delivered by up to three subject specialists.

Over a fortnightly timetable, KS3 students receive:

  • 8 hours of guided classroom learning
  • 1 hour of homework

 

Key Stage 4: Years 9-11

Qualification: GCSE Biology or Double Award Science

Exam board: AQA

All Maidstonians study Double Award Science or choose to specialise through studying Triple Science (separate GCSEs in Biology, Chemistry and Physics). Traditionally, approximately half to two-thirds of Maidstonians choose to specialise. The GCSE course is broken down into three sections. All students study all three sections but those that specialise cover all of the modules studied for the Double Award and incorporate extra material in each of the three disciplines. Students studying for the Double Award end up with two GCSEs in science and those studying Triple Science get a GCSE in each of the Sciences.

Over a fortnightly timetable, GCSE Triple Scientists receive:

  • 13 hours of guided classroom learning (Y9 & Y11) and 12 lessons of guided classroom learning (Y10)
  • 2 hours of homework.

Over a fortnightly timetable, GCSE Double Award Scientists receive:

  • 9 hours of guided classroom learning (Y9 & Y11) and 8 lessons of guided classroom learning (Y10)
  • 2 hours of homework.

 

Key Stage 5: Years 12-13

Qualification: A Level Biology

Exam board: OCR

Over a fortnightly timetable, A Level Biologists receive:

  • 8 hours of guided classroom learning.
  • 10 hours of homework.

 

Careers

Biology is one of the most popular A Level courses at MGS, attracting students studying a wide range of other subjects. Many of our students enjoy the subject so much, they eventually choose a biologically related degree course such as Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Optometry, Nursing, but also Marine Biology, Biotechnology, Genetics, Food Technology, Microbiology, Forensic Science, Conservation, and Environmental Science. Biology is mutually supporting of Chemistry or Geography. Others go on to careers in Law, Computing, Accounting and Teaching. Therefore, whatever field Maidstonians eventually work in, they will find Biology a rewarding and challenging course, which will develop many of the skills needed for a successful career. Visit our Careers webpages to find out more.

 

Enrichment

Find out more in our ‘MGS Extra’ prospectus.

 

Super Curriculum

Click here to find out more about the Biology Super Curriculum.