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Group Four IB Biology SL Level 3 at Dartford Grammar School

Course description

Course Content:

Biology is the study of living organisms applying the techniques and approach of the experimental sciences.  The study is undertaken at a variety of levels from the molecular to that of the biosphere, each with its own distinctive approaches and methods.  Students are expected to develop an appreciation of the interactions between these levels, and of organisms as functioning entities within the biosphere. Biology students at Standard Level and Higher Level undertake a common core syllabus, a common internal assessment scheme and have some overlapping elements in the options studied. While the skills and activities of group 4 science subjects are common to students at both SL and HL, students at HL are required to study some topics in greater depth, to study additional topics and to study extension material of a more demanding nature in the common options. The distinction between SL and HL is one of breadth and depth.

Entry requirements

Students will normally be expected to achieve at least 3 A grades and 4 B grades at GCSE. They will be required to have A grades in the subjects they are going to study at Higher Level (A* grade in Mathematics). In the case of a subject not studied at GCSE, a grade A will be required in a related subject.


Assessment:  Standard Level



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Format and syllabus coverage

Paper 1



30 multiple-choice questions on the core

Paper 2



Section A: One data-based question and several short-answer questions on the core (all compulsory) Section B: One extended –response question on the core (from a choice)

Paper 3



Several short-answer questions on the compulsory practical work and then additional short-answer and extended response questions on the studied option (all compulsory)


Practical work is an integral part of IB Biology: it is internally assessed and this accounts for 20% of the examination.

Through studying Biology, students should become aware of how scientists work and

communicate with each other. While the “scientific method” may take on a wide variety of forms, it is the emphasis on a practical approach through experimental work that distinguishes the group 4 subjects from other disciplines and characterises each of the subjects within group 4. Many of the students who study Biology at Higher Level go on to study a Biology related course at university. These include Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Science, Biochemistry, Genetics, Physiotherapy and many others.  Standard level students are enriching their scientific general knowledge for life.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dartford Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 30 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years