Biology at Kimbolton is taught by enthusiastic subject specialists. We emphasise the need for good practical and team work skills and our A level students regularly go on to Oxbridge and/or Medical School.
We teach Biology as a separate science throughout the Senior School.
Head of Biology
First to Third Forms – compulsory for all pupils
Our First and Second Forms follow an enhanced Key Stage 3 Programme of Study, with an emphasis on practical work. We begin the AQA GCSE Biology course during the Third Form.
Fourth and Fifth Forms – optional GCSE subject
In the Fourth Form, students opt to study either Double Award IGCSE Science or three IGCSEs (Biology, Chemistry and Physics). In each case, the three sciences are taught by subject specialists rather than by general science teachers. Please see our separate page on Science at GCSE Level to find out more about this option.
Lower and Upper Sixth Form – optional A Level subject
We follow the Edexcel Salters Nuffield A level Biology (SNAB) specification which has three two hour papers at the end of the two year course.
Kimbolton 7th Period Super Curriculum: During the Lower Sixth year, Kimbolton biologists are given one lesson a week to carry out a research project entirely of their choosing. The pupils have chosen a diverse range of topics in recent years. Several have involved more in-depth laboratory research than is possible during the A level curriculum whereas others are research-based projects. Our pupils are given the opportunity of presenting their projects to the general public at the annual Cambridge Science Fair in March.
- We have a thriving Medical Society for the Fifth to Upper Sixth Forms. Form students and members are invited to discuss ethical issues and we regularly have visiting speakers, often former students following medical careers.
Regular Trips, Visitors and Competitions
- The Second Form visit Whipsnade Zoo to carry out work related to the adaptation of organisms.
- Members of the Third and Fourth Forms take part in the Biology Challenge competition, a challenging and interesting biology competition which acts as a junior version of the British Biology Olympiad (see below) and is also organised by the Royal Society of Biology.
- Lower Sixth Formers visit the Epping Forest FSC to study practical ecology.
- Sixth Formers regularly attend Genetics lecture days in London, and visit the Sanger Institute in Cambridge.
- Sixth Formers regularly enter the British Biology Olympiad (BBO), an annual competition organised by the Society of Biology to reward the best young biologists in the country and which acts as a means of selecting the UK team for the annual International Biology Olympiad. One of our students reached the national finals in 2016, coming in the top 16 out of more than 7000 students.