Kingswood

GCSE Science / Biology

Our Key Stage 4 programmes are delivered by our highly trained, specialist instructors and designed to meet the needs of your school and the curriculum.

We will tailor your studies to suit your individual exam board specification, including AQA, Edexcel, OCR, WJEC and Cambridge iGCSE.

We will design your studies to support classroom learning and using investigative fieldwork be able to improve practical skills. We can also facilitate certain required practical activities. See below to explore these subjects further.

gcsesciencebiology
gcsesciencebiology

Suitable for

Secondary schools

Freshwater ecology

Students will explore freshwater ecology to focus on aspects of changing environments and organisms and energy. Students will identify invertebrates, discuss the effects of pollution on different species and use indicator species to assess pollution. Students will collect abiotic data to discuss the differing amounts of pollution along different stretches of a river. Fieldwork can include:

  • Kick Sampling

  • Identification of species

  • Assessing levels of pollution

  • Measuring river width, depth and flow velocity

  • Measuring river PH, phosphate, nitrate and dissolved oxygen

Students can use collected data and create pyramids of numbers and biomass and present all other data using our top of the range ICT facilities.

Terrestrial ecology

Students will collect fieldwork to focus on the distribution of organisms and their relationship with abiotic factors, the students will explore a range of different sampling techniques to discuss changing biotic and abiotic factors in two contrasting areas. Fieldwork can include:

  • Use of different sampling strategies

  • Soil Analysis

  • Various Abiotic Measurements

Specific objectives and fieldwork will be tailored to individual specifications and school objectives, this includes planning, fieldwork and follow up sessions.

Mark Release Recapture

Students will estimate population size of woodlice using the mark release recapture method. Students will learn how to measure populations of animals and the associated assumptions, using correct equations to work out population sizes and explore the ethical issues involved when dealing with invertebrates. They will also explore the accuracies of their findings. This can be used as part of AQA Biology required practical 9.