Third, Fourth and Fifth Forms
All pupils in the Third Form follow a three period per week Foundation course, which introduces the IGCSE in Biology and develops experimental skills. Pupils continue with the IGCSE in the Fourth and Fifth Form and have four periods of Biology per week. At the end of the Fourth Form students opt to follow a Dual Award or a Separate Science course at IGCSE. The choice is made after discussion with parents and tutors and is guided by recommendations from the Science Department.
At the end of the Fifth Form all candidates take two papers in Biology; Dual Award candidates' papers are both one hour, while separate IGCSE candidates sit two 1½ hour papers. The Biology department follows the AQA specification.
Pupils at Lancing opting for Biology AS and A Level follow the AQA Biology specification. Pupils are taught by two subject specialists and have eight periods per week.
Potential doctors/dentists/vets meet weekly to research the latest developments in Science and the NHS and to practise aptitude tests such as BMAT and UKCAT. Regular visits to hospitals, museums and lectures are arranged. Guest speakers and OLs are frequently invited to the Biology Department.
Fourth Form Biologists and Upper Sixth Biologists take part in local fieldwork trips to study the Ladywell Valley freshwater stream ecology and Ovingdean rocky shore ecology respectively. The Sixth Form study is supplemented by a residential course on the Isle of Wight. As appropriate, Lower and Upper Sixth Students attend exam revision days and lectures held in London and Brighton.
The Fourth Form Biologists and Upper Sixth Biologists both study, as part of their AQA specifications, intensive farming practices and productivity. In collaboration with the Lancing College Farm Project comparisons between free range farming and intensive farming are explored. The Jubilee Conservation Biology Garden, officially opened July 2012, benefits enormously from the input and developments of the Farm’s ‘Green Group’ conservation initiatives.
Sixth Form Biologists are invited on a two week summer expedition to Cuba. Isla de la Juventud, the largest island off the coast of Cuba, is an area of significant biodiversity and its monitoring programme provides valuable data needed to inform conservation management practices across the whole island. The first week is spent completing both the confined and open-water components of the PADI Open Water Dive-Training course. Our research objective is then to complete fish and benthic surveys using stereo video surveys of all the reefs of the southern Isla de la Juventud and to assess the manatee populations by direct observation and side-scan sonar in the mangrove channels. The survey work is based on research ships operating from a land-based research centre.
|Mrs Phillippa S Faulkner (BSc Edinburgh)
||Head of Biology
|Mr Andrew M Chappell (BSc Durham)
|Mr David J Harvey (BSc Reading)
|Mr David N Mann (BSSc Charles Sturt)
|Mrs Rebecca M Webber (MBA Lancaster, BSc York)
|Mr Tim Mansfield (C&G, ONC)