Welcome to Biology at Roundwood Park School. My name is Mark Connor and I am the Subject Leader of Biology. At Roundwood Park School we follow the Edexcel Biology A (SNAB) specification. This is a context led specification with the subject matter delivered around 8 central topics over the 2 year course. This not only makes the course approachable, but also gives real world applications to the key biological concepts. The 8 topics are assessed at the end of the 2 year course in 3 separate examinations. There is no coursework or practical examination.
There are 18 Core practicals that are conducted throughout the 2 year course and these are assessed in the final examination series. We have well-resourced labs and include many extra practical experiments above and beyond the 18 core practicals.
Biology is a popular subject at RPS, with 3 groups in the current Year 12 cohort. Learning is supported outside of lessons with weekly support sessions, the Biology Literature Club, a well resourced VLE area and a dedicated teacher and technician team. As part of the course students go on several trips, including Whipsnade Zoo, Kew Gardens and also a residential Ecology field Trip.
To find out more information click on either the shorter video clip to have a quick overview of the course, or for a more in depth look and to hear from some of our current Year 12 and 13 students, click on the longer video. I have also included our Curriculum Map as well as our road map detailing the path through the course.