Entry Requirements

  • 5+ GCSEs at 9-4
  • Grade 6 in mathematics
  • Grade 7-7 in combined science or 7 in biology


Joe Fisher
Director of Learning – Science


Course Outline

Biology is the study of life. Biologists attempt to understand the living world at all levels using many different approaches and techniques. At one end of the scale is the cell, its molecular construction and complex metabolic reactions. At the other end of the scale biologists investigate the interactions that make whole ecosystems functions.

An interest in life is natural for humans; not only are we living organisms ourselves, but we depend on many species for our survival, are threatened by some and co-exist with many more.

Course Content

Additional higher level (AHL):

  • Nucleic acids
  • Metabolism, cell respiration and photosynthesis
  • Plant biology
  • Genetics and evolution
  • Animal physiology


  • Cell biology
  • Molecular biology
  • Genetics
  • Ecology
  • Evolution and biodiversity
  • Human physiology

Course Assessment

  • Paper 1
    Multiple Choice Questions
  • Paper 2
    Written responses for SL & HL core
  • Paper 3
    Written responses for option unit and practical skills
  • A written report on the findings of an experiment conducted by students.