International Baccalaureate

1 year

How will I be assessed?

Why study Biology?

Biology is the study of living organisms. This course undertakes study at a variety of levels from the molecular to that of the biosphere. At the end of the course you will have an appreciation of: specific techniques used in biology, how the heart rate and breathing are controlled, genetic engineering, colour change in urine, how sugar levels in the body are controlled.

What will I learn?

Subject specific core includes:

  • Cells
  • Homeostasis
  • Nerves and Muscles
  • Biochemistry
  • Immunity
  • Excretion
  • Genetics
  • Reproduction
  • Plant Science
  • Ecology

In addition options are available in:

  • Cells and Energy
  • Ecology and Conservation
  • Further Human Physiology

How will I learn?

Practical work and investigations are an important and integral part of both courses. You will also undertake a group project.

Course costs

The College will provide a Lab coat and safety spectacles. All students will be expected to provide their own textbooks, stationery and calculators (where appropriate).

Essential £30.00 for textbook; £20.00 for Ecology trip

Non-essential £13.00 subscription to Biology Science Review.


Additional information

For more information please follow this link IB Programmme or see our IB Diploma School Pack.


An International Baccalaureate qualification in Biology is rated highly by all universities – including Oxbridge and the medical schools. A good grade will help you to secure a place to study almost any subject at any university, either in the UK or abroad.

External assessment takes place at the end of the two-year course. There are 3 written papers – including a multiple-choice test – which accounts for 76% of the total marks. Coursework, which accounts for 24% of the marks, is assessed by your lecturer and moderated externally.



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