Biology

2 Year IB Diploma Programme Biology SL

Biology

The IB DP Biology SL course is a rigorous but exciting 2 year program which allows you to get to grips with the very nature of Science in the natural world. Using inquiry and problem based learning techniques you will learn with a hands-on approach how to question, research, design and implement an experiment in order to collect data, process it and then draw conclusions and find answers.

Science is an international endeavor where information is communicated across national borders and this is reflected in the learning methods used, students will collaborate inside and outside of the classroom between themselves and with others overseas. Students will learn how to become critically aware of the ethical implications within the discipline and develop an appreciation of the possibilities and limitations of science and technology. The course is divided into 8 units learning about the living environment on a micro to macro scale.

The scientific knowledge, understanding and skills are assessed externally by the IB at the end of the course through 3 written examination papers and during the second year of the course via an internal practical assessed component.

Year 12/13 IB

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Year 12

Term 1a Term 1b Term 2a Term 2b Term 3a Term 3b
Topics Unit 1 Molecular Biology Unit 2 Cell Biology Unit 3 Cellular Processes
Respiration/ Photosynthesis
Unit 4 Genetics Unit 5 Ecology Unit 6 IA skills and Evolution and Biodiversity
Assessment Core practicals
End of unit test: MCQ + extended exam questions
Core practicals
End of unit test: MCQ + extended exam questions
Core practicals
End of unit test: MCQ + extended exam questions
Core practicals
End of unit test: MCQ + extended exam questions
Core practicals
End of unit test: MCQ + extended exam questions
Core practicals
End of unit test: MCQ + extended exam questions
Cultural and co-curricular links Business: Enzyme efficiency: production
ToK - Psudoscience ‘memory of water’
Real world/ humanities/Law: Stem Cells
ToK - Microscopes: knowledge based on observations
Business/economics: Production - efficiency
ToK - Animal experimentation
ToK - correlations vs causation: Sickle cell and Maleria Math: Statistics - Chi squared
ToK - decision making and certainty
Geography/Enviro - sustainability
Visual Arts - appreciation of species drawings for comparison - Darwin
ToK - establishing ‘beyond reasonable doubt’
Events RS biology week - planning
Biology Olympiad Introduction
RS biology week - #biobake competition British Science Week
Prepare activities
British Science Week
Fungal Foray
STEM Fair planning
Biology Olympiad Competiton
STEM Fair

Year 13

Term 1a Term 1b Term 2a Term 2b Term 3a Term 3b
Topics Unit 6 Evolution and Biodiversity Unit 7 Human Physiology Unit 7 Human Physiology Unit 8 Option - Neurobiology Unit 8 Option - Neurobiology Assessment
Assessment Core practicals
End of unit test: MCQ + extended exam questions
Core practicals
End of unit test: MCQ + extended exam questions
Core practicals
End of unit test: MCQ + extended exam questions
Core practicals
End of unit test: MCQ + extended exam questions
DP EXAMS
Cultural and co-curricular links Visual Arts - appreciation of species drawings for comparison - Darwin
ToK - establishing ‘beyond reasonable doubt’
PHE: Anatomy and Phys
ToK - Emotions: From the brain or the heart?
PHE: Anatomy and Phys
ToK - Emotions: From the brain or the heart?
ToK - Perception: individual construction of reality? DP EXAMS
Events RS Biology Week - planning RS Biology Week - activities/competition British Science Week
Prepare activities
British Science Week
Deliver activities
DP EXAMS