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Biology IB

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
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What will you be working towards?

Code 1
Qualification Type International Baccalaureate Diploma
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

Biologists have acquired huge amounts of information about living organisms and this has been very noticeable in recent years with the increasing discoveries being made by molecular biologists and geneticists. In the IB diploma course it is hoped that students will acquire a limited body of facts and at the same time develop a broad, general understanding of the principles of the subject.

  • Structure and function. Students should appreciate the structures permit some functions while at the same time limiting others.
  • Universality versus diversity. Some molecules e.g. DNA, amino acids are ubiquitous and so are processes and structures. However these universal features exist in a biological world of enormous diversity.
  • Equilibrium within systems. Checks and balances exist both within living organisms and within ecosystems. The state of dymamic equilibrium is essential for the continuity of life.
  • Evolution. The concept of evolution draws together the other themes. It can be regarded as change leading to diversity within constraints, and this leads to adaptations of structure and function.

Details

Higher level

Students study the subject specific core, additional higher level material and two options.

Subject specific core: includes the following topics - cells, the chemistry of life, genetics, ecology and evolution, human health and physiology and statistical analysis.

Additional higher level includes the following topics: nucleic acids and proteins, cell respiration and photosynthesis, plant science, genetics, human health and physiology.

Options. Two of the following will be studies: evolution, neurobiology and behaviour, microbes and biotechnology, ecology and conservation, further human physiology.

Standard level

Students study the subject specific core and two options. Subject specific core: includes the following topics - cells, the chemistry of life, genetics, ecology and evolution, human health and physiology and statistical analysis. Options. Two of the following will be studies: human nutrition and health, physiology of exercise, cells and energy, evolution, neurobiology and behaviour, microbes and biotechnology, ecology and conservation. The course content will be taught by a variety of methods and there will be a strong emphasis on practical work. IT skills are an integral part of the course. The course content will be taught by a variety of methods and there will be a strong emphasis on practical work.

How will it be delivered?

International Baccalaureate subject grades range from 7 (best) to 1 (lowest).

IB Diploma pass ranges from total 45 points (maximum achievable ) to 24 points (minimum pass with 12 points across higher subjects)

Entry requirements

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme:  we require at least seven GCSEs with an average of Grade 5, including English Language and Maths. For subjects you wish to take at higher level you will need at least a grade 6.    International Baccalaureate Career Programme:  we require at least five subjects at GCSE grade 4 or higher, ideally including Mathematics and English and preferably with a grade 5 in your area of specialism. Strong interest in the vocational BTEC subject will need to be in evidence at the guidance meeting.

 

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