Secondary Courses


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Please contact the Education Manager to discuss your specific requirements and we will be happy to tailor our KS3, GCSE and AS/A level programmes to your needs.

KS3

All programmes support the National Curriculum.  Example programmes include:

Experimental skills and investigations
This course introduces pupils to a range of ecological techniques and equipment involving investigations in the woodland, meadow and pond. Terrestrial studies include quadrats or line transect and light intensity or invertebrate sampling in the meadow or under logs. Water quality investigations include sampling techniques, biotic index and nitrate and pH testing.

Interaction and Interdependence

Introducing ecological principles through habitat and species investigations. Pupils will explore interdependence and interactions, habitats, adaptations and food chains, the impact of water quality on diversity, bioaccumulation and insect pollination.

GCSE

Programmes will be tailored to the school’s specific requirement. The following specification are supported: Biology: AQA, Edexcel, OCR, Cambridge O Level. If you are following another qualification, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Example programme

Ecosystems and communities – adaptation, interdependence and competition
Pupils are introduced to basic ecological principles including abiotic and biotic factors, communities, adaptation, interdependence and competition. Pupils are guided round the reserve where they will have the opportunity to investigate the structure and diversity of woodland and meadow habitats and explore how plants compete for resources such as light, nutrients and water. Through freshwater investigations, pupils are introduced to feeding relationships, interdependence and species adaptation.

AS/A Level

Programmes will be tailored to the school’s specific requirement. The following specification are supported: Biology: AQA International, OCR Gateway Biology A, Edexcel Biology B, Cambridge International Biology. If you are following another qualification, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Example programmes

Biodiversity
Students explore the species richness and evenness in the pond habitat using Simpson’s Index of Diversity. A tour of the nature reserve will investigate biodiversity and explore its management and improvement. Students will also discuss:

    • how human activity impacts on wetland ecosystems
    • why we are concerned about biodiversity
    • conservation management and the role of NGOs in the process

Ecological sampling
Pupils can be introduced to a range of ecological techniques and equipment involving investigations in the woodland, meadow and pond.
Terrestrial studies on plants and/or invertebrates include quadrats or line transect.

Conservation
An overview of conservation principles, the importance of biodiversity and its threats, conservation management techniques and the role of NGOs.


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