Through each Key Stage, we aim to develop an interest in and enthusiasm for Biology. Our students acquire scientific skills, knowledge and understanding for progression to further learning. Read more about studying at one of the best Sheffield secondary schools where we encourage students not just to study, but to take a personal interest and ownership of their learning.
Biology and Other Sciences
Throughout the Senior School, we consider how Biology interacts with other sciences, such as Chemistry, helping our students to develop a more rounded understanding of Biology and science generally. This prepares them for further learning not just in this subject, but in any science or wider part of the curriculum.
Encouraging students to think about the wider applications of a subject can help them to develop critical thinking skills and the application of knowledge - an essential part of achieving fantastic results in their future education, as well as in the wider world.
Biology GCSE is a fantastic opportunity for students to expand their knowledge and pursue some of the topics that might interest them.
Studying GCSE Biology is essential preparation for A-level. Not only does it provide important knowledge, but it also develops essential skills for the study of this subject at a higher level. Many students aspiring for a career in science, including Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Engineering, among many others, go on to study A-level Biology.
While the sole focus of Biology at Sheffield Girls’ is not upon results, we understand how important they are and believe that by encouraging a genuine interest in the subject, we can help our girls to achieve the very best results.
Over the last ten years, we have had students with GCSE or A-level marks within the top five in the country.
If your daughter chooses to go on to study A-level Biology, we are also successful in preparing students for Oxbridge and for the Advanced Extension Award. Each year, some students achieve full marks in AS/A2 modules.
Extra-curricular activities take place at every key stage. These include:
- National competitions, e.g. Biology Challenge
- Inter-house competitions with a biological theme during Science Week in March
- Visiting lecturers for Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5
We have links with the Department of Biomedical Science at the University of Sheffield. This benefits our students by exposing them to young women as science role models and informing them about cutting-edge research findings. We have had interesting talks on topics such as cystic fibrosis by PhD students and a pathology event. It helps our Senior School Biology students to understand how the subject is applied in real-life situations and the way it is essential to the modern world.