Biology - Ratcliffe College

Biology – Ages 16-18

Biology at Ratcliffe College is a dynamic, contemporary and hands-on experience. We are a passionate team who are dedicated to igniting and nurturing Biological curiosity and enquiry.  Biology not only deals with facts and functions but also allows students to consider and discuss the implications of developments in modern Biology with reference to social, ethical and moral perspectives.  Studying Biology allows students to make rational and considered judgements about scientific progress based not just on opinions but also on an understanding of the scientific principles which lie behind these.  When studying Biology at Ratcliffe, students will partake in regular practical work that enhances student understanding and enjoyment of the subject. 

Awesome and amazing – after doing Biology this year I see myself in a whole new light

Co-Curricular Activities

Year 12 RSB Biology Olympiad

Year 12 Biology students take part in the Biology Olympiad organised by the Royal Society of Biology. The aim of the competition is to challenge and stimulate students with an interest in Biology to expand and extend their talents.

Year 12 and 13 stretch and challenge discussion group

This discussion group gives Year 12 and 13 students the opportunity to develop their ability to talk through ideas and thoughts when solving Biology related problems. This discussion group not only keeps students up to date with new and exciting developments in Biology but is also an effective method of improving interview skills.

Year 7-13 Pets Corner:

The Biology Department is in a fortunate position to also run a popular lunch time club where students volunteer their time to handle, feed and clean out our resident pets – rabbits and guinea pigs. 

A Level Biology Fieldtrip – Year 13

As part of the Year 13 A-Level Biology course, students attend a residential Biology field trip to Malham Tarn, a Field Studies Council Field Centre, in North Yorkshire. The A Level field course is a richly rewarding experience that stimulates ecological awareness, develops enquiring minds and inspires students to widen their ecological experience both during and after the course.


This trip is one I will never forget, filled with days of practical biological application and seeing the ecosystems around me with a newfound appreciation and understanding of the intricate network of interactions

The Biology Department makes this difficult subject seem far more manageable thanks to the extremely thorough and organised delivery of the course