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IB

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The IB pages will be populated with content last as I intend to focus initially on the IGCSE and A Level sections of the website. In the meantime you may find some of the following resources useful:

i-Biology.net – A Biology Blog aimed at students that has a full and comprehensive IB section. Each topic has a PowerPoint presentation and links to review worksheets, animations, and videos.

Click4Biology – Helpful IB Biology website with notes and diagrams organised by topic. Includes the core topics, AHL topics and some options.

SCScienceVid – YouTube channel with various IB tutorials that include short written explanations.

IB Biology Quizlet – Useful revision tool where you can view online flashcards and test your knowledge of key IB terms using the learn, test, scatter, and space race functions.

BioNinja IB – IB Biology App containing notes, command terms, multiple choice quizzes, pictures, and songs. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

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Course Overview

The IB Biology course is organised by topics, there are six topics in the common core syllabus, which is studied by both Standard Level (SL) and Higher Level (HL) students. HL students must also study a further five topics, some of which overlap with the core topics taking them to greater depth. In addition, both SL and HL students are required to study one option topic, higher level will need to learn more within that topic than standard level. Students are then assessed on everything they have learnt at the end of the two-year course.

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Students must also design and undertake a scientific investigation. The investigation is written up and submitted for external assessment. Students must also show evidence for 40 hours (standard level) or 60 hours (higher level) of practical work.

The final grade is based on three written exams (80%) and practical coursework (20%).

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What exams will I sit?

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  1. Hi!
    I’d just like to firstly say that your blog is excellent and has everything someone would need to absolutely ace Biology! Your students are very fortunate to have you as their teacher and everyone on this site is super grateful that you took out your time to share your material with everyone- its all extremely helpful.
    Secondly, I’m a student from India and I was studying in my central system (CBSE) till tenth grade but am shifting to an IB board for my 11th and 12th (Year 12 and 13) and I find that our syllabi are slightly different so am attempting to go through the IGCSE Core Biology syllabus to standardise my knowledge so I’m not at a disadvantage. However, I have a month or so to do so and was actually curious as to which parts of the IGCSE syllabus should I be particularly thorough with so as not to experience any trouble with the IB syllabus. I’d really appreciate your inputs, being an IB teacher with an idea of all this.
    Thank you so much!

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