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Biology - International Baccalaureate at Holmesdale School

Course description

The International Baccalaureate Biology builds on concepts and skills developed in GCSE Science. The course aims to: develop enthusiasm for the subject, encourage an appreciation of how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how science contributes to the success of the economy and society, develop an ability to analyse, evaluate and synthesis scientific information, develop an essential knowledge and understanding of dfferent areas of the subject and their relation to each other.  

Course content

Biological Molecules


Organisms exchange substances with their environment

Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms

Energy transfers in and between organisms

Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments.

Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems.

The controle of gene expression

Human and animal physiology





Entry requirements

Grade 4+ in English and Maths, Biology or Additional Science.


This is a linear course and students will sit all exams at the end  of the 2- year course.

Paper 1: 40 multiple choice questions 1 hour exam worth 20% of final grade.

Paper 2: Data-based, short answer and extended response questions, 2 hours 25 mins exam worth 36% of the final grade.

Paper 3: Data-based, short answer and extended response questions, 1 hou 25 minutes exam worth 24% of final grade.

Individual investigation - investigation and write up of 6 - 12 pages.  

Future opportunities

This qualification opens the door to a wide range of career opportunities and pathways including: biochemistry, forensic science, biomedical science, medicine, pharmacy, veterinary studies, biology and sports science.

Further information

Apply through UCAS Progress

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 19 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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