Subject Intent: Why Biology?

Biology develops key transferable skills through the study of living organisms and their interactions with each other and their environment. Some of the highest skills shortages in Yorkshire are in STEM and our curriculum is designed to develop scientific methodology, awareness of the advances of technology, and recognition of the value of biology in society so that students can go on to enjoy careers in fields such as health and medicine, engineering and research.

What will I study?

  • Biological Molecules.
  • Cells.
  • How organisms exchange substances with their environment.
  • Genetic information and variation.
  • Energy transfer within and between organisms.
  • Responses to internal and external environments.
  • Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems.
  • Practical and investigative skills in Biology.


Please note: Subject videos have been filmed from colleges across our Trust.

What are lessons like in this subject?

We use metacognition at the heart of our teaching to promote understanding and memory of key concepts. Lessons are taught by teachers who are knowledgeable and have a passion for their subject. We focus on developing the skills needed to excel at Biology, lots of which are transferable and will help students succeed after their time at college. Many skills are developed during practical work, and we have well-equipped laboratories to support you with this.

What our


Biology has helped me develop my ability to apply existing knowledge to unfamiliar scenarios and discover how integral it is to not only retain but fully understand the topics you learn.

Theo Wells, Outwood Academy Carlton

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