Purpose of Course
Biology is the study of life. The vast diversity of species makes biology both an endless source of fascination and a considerable challenge. Biologists attempt to understand the living world at all levels from the micro to the macro using many different approaches and techniques. Biology is still a young science and great progress is expected in the 21st century. This progress is important at a time of growing pressure on the human population and the environment.
By studying biology in the DP students should become aware of how scientists work and communicate with each other. While the scientific method may take on a wide variety of forms, it is the emphasis on a practical approach through experimental work that characterizes the sciences. Teachers provide students with opportunities to design investigations, collect data, develop manipulative skills, analyse results, collaborate with peers and evaluate and communicate their findings.
Students intending on proceeding with Standard Level Biology should be working towards obtaining a minimum of 60% average in Year 10 Biology . Students intending on proceeding with Higher Level Biology should be working towards obtaining a minimum average of 65% in yr 10 Biology. Students should also be competent in Science Investigation Skills.