Biology is the study of life and living things.
IGCSE Biology is designed to give students a basic understanding of all aspects of Biology, providing an introduction to a wide range of topics from the scale of biological molecules to global effects.
The IGCSE Biology course does not only require students to memorise information, but, in addition, the program aims to develop the students’ skills in observation, and design and evaluation of practical investigations using the scientific method.
The course lasts for two years and covers the following topic areas:
characteristics and classification of living organisms and their adaptations to the environment; cell structure and organisation; tissues, organs and systems; movement of substances in and out of cells; enzymes and biological reactions; human nutrition; photosynthesis and plant structure; transport in plants and humans; respiration; excretion in humans; coordination and response, including the nervous and endocrine systems of humans, and plant response; sexual reproduction in plants and humans; growth and development; cell division; inheritance; evolution; genetic engineering; ecosystems; food chains, food webs and nutrient cycling; populations and the effects of human activities on the envoironment.
IGCSE Biology does not require excellent mathematical skills, but it is worth noting that there is a large amount of new vocabulary, mostly based on Latin and Greek, which means that students who are struggling with their reading and listening skills in English may find Biology very difficult.
NB – Biology is a compulsory course for students entering the college in G2