Biology! What is it all About?
It is always interesting to find out something new, but Biology is especially interesting. You can find out things about your body and how it works. You can also find out about other living things, how they work and affect each other. Most of all you will find Biology fascinating - and fun too!
Biology is one of three sciences studied at Belfast High. Each science is taught as a separate subject. Biology is a practical subject which means we often work in pairs or as part of a team.
At Key Stage 3 pupils develop their knowledge of both generalised plant and animal cells and specialised cells. We look at opportunities which studying Biology can offer in later life. We study Ecology and develop ideas on problems which planet Earth is facing both at present and in the future. We also discover how our own bodies work and what we can do to take care of them.
At Key Stage 4, Belfast High School offers a range of ways in which to incorporate Biology into GCSE options. We offer Single, Double and Triple Award Science along with Separate Science options. The Biology department follows CCEA Programmes of Study and closely liaises with both Physics and Chemistry departments. GCSE results for Biology have been above the Northern Ireland Grammar School average for many years.
In Year 13 and 14, pupils study AS and A2 CCEA Programmes of Study respectively. This offers a continuity and consolidation of knowledge. In both years pupils attend a compulsory field trip where Ecology modules are explored in detail. Many pupils go on to study Biology related degrees such as Biological Sciences, Biochemistry, Physiotherapy, Veterinary Surgery, Dentistry and Medicine at both local universities and those in the rest of the United Kingdom including Oxford and Cambridge and in the Republic of Ireland as well as further afield.