The first year of IB Biology examines topics in more detail including cell theory, biochemistry, water potential, the breathing and circulatory systems, ecology and photosynthesis. Practical ecology work for both Standard and Higher Level is extended by a compulsory four-day field course at a Field Studies Centre. Second year topics include respiration, further physiology, nervous coordination, homeostasis, cell division and genetics.
Practical work makes up a significant part of the IB course, with many and varied practicals being conducted throughout the course. Top candidates compete in the annual Biology Olympiad competition and potential medics take the Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT). Many of our biologists go on to read medicine, dentistry or veterinary science at university.