Natasha Coxon 

    Head of Sixth Form Biology

    Natasha joined Hurst in 2014 after teaching for six years in London. She studied Zoology at Durham University where she also gained her PGCE. Her subject interests include conservation and population genetics. 



    In the Sixth Form, A-level Biology enables students to acquire a systematic body of biological knowledge and an appreciation of its significance. It is a subject that can provide great enjoyment and respect for all living things. This course develops many of the topics students may already have studied and introduces some of the exciting areas of Biology in the contemporary world. For example, students may study the influence that genes have on our development, new biotechnologies, environmental issues and aspects of human health. It is hoped the course will also help students to gain some understanding of the dynamic and exciting nature of biology today, and an awareness of the ethical, technological and economic aspects of the subject.

    We follow the OCR A specification and assessment is through three papers taken at the end of the two years of study.


    A group of Sixth Form biologists are entered into the Biology Olympiad competitions and all Sixth Form biologists also take part in a residential field course in Somerset to explore ecology and conservation in further detail. The Biology department is running a conservation trip to Madagascar in 2019 with Operation Wallacea, which will include one week of terrestrial conservation and one week of marine conservation. Along with other Sciences, students have the opportunity to gain a CREST award in a biological area.


    The Biology department is housed within one building alongside Chemistry and Physics. Teaching takes place within well-equipped laboratories and the department has its own prep room and specialist technician.

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