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Biology Subject

Introduction

International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) biology syllabus is designed as two years courses for examination at age 16-plus. Cambridge IGCSE biology is accepted by universities and employers as proof of real ability and knowledge.

 

Aims

The aims of the syllabus are the same for all students. The aims are :

  1. To provide a worthshile educational experience for all candidates, through well designed studies of experimental and practical science.
  2. To enable candidate to become confident citizens in a technological world, to take or develop an informed interest in scientific matters, recognise the usefulness and limitations, of scientific method and to appreciate its applicability in interdisciplinary and in everyday life
  3. To develop abilities and skills that are relevant to the study and practice of biology; useful in everyday life; encourage efficient, safe practice, and effective communication
  4. To develop attitude relevant to biology.
  5. Stimulate interest in, and care for, the environment
  6. Promotes an awareness in the development of scientific theories and methods; the study and practice of science are related to other interdisciplinary; the applications of science may be both beneficial and detrimental to the individual, the community and the environment 

Contents

IGCSE Biology Topics :

  1. Characteristics and classification of living organisms
    • Characteristic of living organism - Core curriculum
    • Classification and diversity of living organism – Core curriculum and Extended curriculum
    • Simple keys – Core curriculum
  2. Organisation and maintenance of the organism
    • Cell structure and organisation– Core curriculum and Extended curricullum
    • Levels of organisation – Core curriculum
    • Size of specimens – Core curriculum
    • Movement in and out of cells – Core curriculum and Extended curriculum
    • Enzymes – Core curriculum and Extended curriculum
    • Nutrition– Core curriculum and Extended curriculum
    • Plant nutrition – Core curriculum and Extended curriculum
    • Animal nutrition – Core curriculum and Extended curriculum
    • Transportation – Core curriculum and Extended curriculum
    • Respiration  – Core curriculum and Extended curriculum
    • Excretion in humans – Core curriculum and Extended curriculum
    • Coordination and response - Core curriculum and Extended curriculum
  3. Development of the organism and the continuity of life
    • Reproduction – Core curriculum and Extended curriculum
    • Growth and development – Core curriculum
    • Inheritance – Core curriculum and Extended curriculum
  4. Relationships of organisms with one another and with their environment
    • Energy flow – Core curriculum
    • Food chains and food webs (emphasis on examples occuring locally) – Core curriculum and Extended curriculum
    • Nutrient cycles – Core curriculum and Extended curriculum
    • Population size – Core curriculum and Extended curriculum
    • Human influences on the ecosystem – Core curriculum and Extended curriculum

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