Biology is taught as a separate science from Year 9, during which the GCSE content begins. After the completion of GCSE, Biology is taught as an optional A Level.

During Year 9 the students tackle the core concepts needed throughout the GCSE, covering the structures and functions in living organisms and an introduction to ecology and the environment. In Year 10 the students continue to discover the nature and variety of living organisms, as well as the process of reproduction. In Year 11, the final year of GCSE, the students will discover the concept of inheritance and the uses of biological resources.

At A Level the students gain a deeper insight into the world of Biology, looking further into Mendel’s laws of inheritance, nutrition, structure and function of living organisms, ecology and the environment. Over two years they work towards achieving a practical endorsement, for which, the students will complete a range of practical sessions, allowing them to develop their skills in both data collection and analysis, but also the ability to research and evaluate.

Head of Department

Catriona Hughes

Catriona HughesHas taught at Benenden School since September 2013, before which she began her teaching at an all-boys grammar in Poole, Dorset. Catriona has a passion for Ecology and the Environment, having worked with the Wildlife Trust on the Solent Seal project prior to entering the teaching profession.