This subject is part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) programme.
Biology is the study of living things, the natural world and our place in it. There is breadth and depth at both HL and SL covering topics such as cells, genetics, ecology, evolution and human health and physiology. Optional topics are also offered including ecology and conservation, microbes and disease. HL biology is an excellent theoretical and practical preparation for the study of biology, biochemistry, environmental science, medicine, veterinary, dentistry, pharmacy and other science related courses. At SL it offers a general grounding in science and the scientific method which can be of great help with subjects such as psychology.
You will be assessed through written examinations as well as practical and report writing.
At Higher Level this course offers an excellent preparation for university study in biology, medicine, veterinary science, dentistry, biochemistry, biomedical science, zoology, marine biology, experimental psychology and environmental science. The study of biology at either level provides a wide range of career relevant skills.
You need at least six GCSEs in the 6 to 9 range in a breadth of subjects including English, Maths and Science, and we recommend you have grades 9 to 7 in the subjects you wish to study at Higher Level. This should also include a grade 9 to 6 in either double award science or biology in order to study for the Higher Level.