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Biology HL

Part of the IB subject group 4, Sciences, the Biology HL course is a comprehensive offering that provides students with a quality learning experience as they investigate the living world at all levels.

Themes covered through the course

The course covers the following topics at Core and Higher level: cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, ecology, evolution and biodiversity, plant diversity, and animal physiology.

This course also covers Option D: Human physiology.

Activities and assessment

The course has regular formative and summative assessments and a range of activities, including online media, discussions and lab activities. The course provides lessons and activities that support the externally assessed components of the program: Internal Assessment and Group 4 project. The course also includes an exam preparation unit.

Advice from our teachers

In order to succeed in Biology HL, we recommend students set aside six to eight hours per week. How much of the course material is covered in the classroom and how much via independent learning is flexible and to be decided by the school teacher.

Benefits to students

Taking Biology HL will enable students to:

  • gain an understanding of the living world at all levels
  • develop their observational, analytical and collaborative skills
  • consume course content outside of the classroom including formative exercises and interactive activities
  • become independent learners and develop time-management skills
  • experience a wide range of online learning tools

Course availability

This course will be available for use by schools with enrolments from:

  • August 2019 for May exam sessions
  • January 2020 for November exam sessions

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