Our department is one of the largest in the College. We are a very dynamic department, always looking to keep up-to-date with recent biological studies and developments. We have eleven biology specialist teachers and two technicians within the department, between us we have many years of teaching and examining experience on a range of related courses for a variety of examining boards.

Courses Offered by the Department

A Level Biology

This subject will give you the skills to make connections and associations with all living things around you. Biology literally means the study of life and if that’s not important, what is? This is a course which combines a study of basic biological topics with consideration of some recent advances, is scientifically and intellectually rigorous, but fascinating. It emphasises the ways in which biologists work and the contribution of biology to society.

Biology is an interesting subject in its own right, stimulating concern and respect for all life, developing understanding of key scientific principles and a wide range of key skills which are readily transferable to study at university level.

Medics

The Medics group helps students prepare for entry to University to study Physiotherapy, Medicine, Dentistry or Veterinary Science. These meetings are a vital part of the preparation for course application, interview and for the courses themselves. The meetings will provide help with UKCAT and BMAT, advice and guidance on personal statements and University choices. Each student will experience a mock individual and multi-mini interview; they will have plenty of practice in the medics meetings where we will prepare and discuss interview questions, ethical scenarios and current news. Additionally, students will benefit from meeting and listening to the experiences of qualified ex-students and guest speakers. All students hoping to apply for these courses must attend Medics’ additional studies. Medics' meetings take place monthly in year 1 and weekly in year 2.

Trips and Visits

The Biology Department runs a number of trips every academic year, including:

  • A visit to Colchester Zoo to look at Classification, Biodiversity and Conservation.
  • Fieldwork is an essential part of any Biologist’s experience. At the end of the first year on the A level Biology course there is a requirement for students to learn practical skills associated with the study of Ecology and to carry out fieldwork investigations.
  • We have very good links with The University of Essex and other HE providers, which provides our students with the opportunity to attend a Biology conference and other talks where they experience a ‘taste’ of university life and what it might be like to study biology at degree level.

Support and Extension Activities

The Biology department runs a range of support and extension sessions every week to enhance students’ achievement on our courses. These range from drop in support sessions for students who require some help with specific topics or pieces of work and subject support sessions prior to internal test dates and the A level Biology examinations at the end of the course. We also offer extension classes which stretch our more able students beyond the course specifications and allow some the opportunity to sit the Biology Olympiad papers each year.

Please see our Courses page for full details of all the courses offered by the college.