- Preparatory school
Boys & Girls 3-11
- The Senior School
- Sixth Form
- Old Girls
Why study Biology?
Biology is a practical science which allow s students to experiment physically and to investigate ideas and theories with a hands-on approach. As with any subject, the main reason for studying biology is personal enjoyment and interest. If you enjoy a subject you will be more inclined to apply yourself and therefore achieve good results.
At Bradford Girls' Grammar School, pupils study Biology as a separate science from Upper 3 and it is a popular A-level choice. From the word go, girls undertake lots of practicals and are encouraged to question the living world surrounding them.
Each year we enter a large number of girls in Upper 4th and Lower 5th (years 9 and 10)for the National Biology Challenge competition. Many of our girls are awarded Bronze certificates, a number gain Silver certificates and some receive the Gold certificate.
Which specification is followed?
The curriculum is broad and covers many aspects of human physiology, health and disease and biotechnology. In class, girls enjoy discussing topics ranging from the exciting advances that have been made in Biology to topical issues that attract media attention.
At KS4 our girls study for the rigorous iGCSE in Biology, which provides the best preparation for A-level Biology.
At AS, girls are allocated 4½ hours of teaching each week; this is split equally between two specialist Biology teachers. Most girls choose to continue their studies and take the A2 course of 5 hours teaching per week leading to a full A-level at the end of two years.
Extra support is provided for any girls seeking help or advice each week at the lunchtime Science Club.
Workshops, conferences and visits
At the end of Lower 6, in the summer term, girls spend a day at Malham Tarn in the Yorkshire Dales, where they carry out a range of ecological techniques and analytical methods in a number of habitats and study the effects of real-life conservation management. This field trip covers some of the early A2 work.
In Upper 6, the A2 girls visit Chester Zoo each year to learn about natural selection, speciation and evolution. They attend a lesson run by the education department at the zoo and then carry out their own directed study using the animals on site.
Degree and career choices
Biology is a fascinating subject to study and can lead to a variety of rewarding career paths. As the ‘science of life’ it involves the study of animals, people and plant life. The subject is therefore essential for those who wish to pursue a career in the medical or veterinary professions. However, students do not have to follow one of these traditional career paths: the skills learned and developed whilst studying Biology will also be beneficial to you in any field of the world of workThese valuable skills include research skills, investigative skills and critical analysis.
All these are much sought after qualities in both biology-related careers and in the world of business.
University courses, and careers, with a biological flavour:
|Medicine||Veterinary Medicine||Biomedical Sciences|
|Forensic Science||Food Science||Brewing|
|Conservation Biology||Wildlife Management||Tropical Coastal|