2017-2-3 - Biology

"And according to His Law, Allah Almighty has created every living being out of water (in that the process of life was initiated from water and its survival also depends on it - 21:30). Among living objects there are some which crawl on their bellies, some walk on two legs and some on four. Allah Almighty creates whatever He likes according to His Law of creation. He has set measures for everything; and He has absolute control over everything."

The Noble Qur’an | Surah Nur [24: 45]

Taught By: Mr. S. Motala BSc (Hons) MSc (DIC) QTS

Students at Brondesbury are passionate about the study of Biology as it is one of the 3 sciences which they can relate to on a day to day basis from the environment, to ecology, to the digestive system to photosynthesis. We enhance their enthusiasms by further simplifying the complexities of this field of study whilst equipping our learners with the practical skills to engage with the knowledge of Biology. Through the enjoyment of this discipline, the students are likely to become the future doctors of tomorrow, Insha'Allaah.

The Science Department has two modern fully equipped laboratories with interactive whiteboards and preparation rooms maintained by a very enthusiastic qualified technician. The department is the largest in the school and was rated as “Outstanding” by Ofsted in the most recent inspection. Most of our pupils attain A* to B grades for their GCSE results. We have a new team that have been working together for the past four years. In that time, we have maintained 100% A* to C in our GCSE results Alhamdulillah!

Curriculum: Boys joining the school in year 7 go through a practical induction programme in which they become confident in using equipment that is regularly used throughout their time at Brondesbury. In years 7 and 8, “Big Ideas” are developed and students take on roles such as a nurse looking after patients and a television programme producer persuading audiences to save endangered species. Examples of the big ideas include: “Adaptation”, “Cells” and “Changing atmosphere”. In year 8, students
continue taking different roles but further “big ideas” are developed.

The three year key stage 3 national curriculum is taught over two years at Brondesbury College. The schemes of work are written around the QCA suggested schemes of work which follows the National Curriculum Programme of study. Our scheme also covers the specification of the Independent Schools Examination Board (ISEB).

In years 9, 10 and 11, pupils study IGCSE in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Brondesbury College is perhaps the first Islamic school in the UK to adopt the more rigorous and demanding Cambridge IGCSE in Science. The Biology IGCSE course provides an exciting, challenging and detailed introduction to a wide range of topics with a great deal of practical work and is an excellent preparation for A level.