At Badminton, we aim to develop a curiosity about the natural world, from the largest mammals down to our own DNA.
In Years 7 and 8, all pupils study a broad and varied science curriculum which includes Biology, Chemistry and Physics and which explores the links between them. Lessons focus on scientific processes and an emphasis on practical skills leads naturally to extra-curricular science.
Girls can take part in the Flying Start challenge where aerospace companies work with them to build and fly a glider. The British Science Associations CREST awards encourage girls to stretch their knowledge and practical experience of science still further. There are chances to analyse primate behaviour at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in Jersey, and the Big Bang Fair at Birmingham’s NEC, with theatre shows and interactive exhibits in Science and Engineering is always a favourite.
Pupils start the curriculum for the Edexcel IGCSE in Years 9-11. Learning through practical work enables the development of essential analytical and evaluative skills as well as an ability to work as part of a small group.
Pupils study concepts in greater depth and they are encouraged to examine current Biological research and developments including stem cells and genetic modification. Year 10 pupils can enter the national Biology Challenge to test their knowledge and skills against pupils from across the country. They also have the opportunity to join Dissection Club in the Summer Term.
At A Level, we follow the AQA Biology syllabus. This offers a detailed insight into modern biological research alongside a clear understanding of traditional concepts. The course is especially good at challenging the ablest pupils.
Upper Sixth pupils undertake a 4-day residential ecology field trip and the experimental techniques they use there form part of the practical endorsement, a key requirement of the new linear A Level curriculum, which develops essential practical skills in preparation for a variety of science-based courses at University. Those studying Biology have gone on to a variety of degrees, including biological sciences, medicine, veterinary medicine, physiotherapy and biochemistry.
Those studying the Sciences at Badminton are eligible for the Boynton Science Award. Generously funded by the parent of a former pupil, this award offers an amount towards study materials for a girl who has distinguished herself in her wider engagement with Science activities and/or her contribution to Science education beyond the curriculum.