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VCE/IB Biology

VCE Biology:

Biology is the study of the nature of life, both past and present. In VCE Biology students study this from the molecular level of the cell through to species and ecosystems. At Top Scope College, students will gain an understanding of molecular and evolutionary concepts and how they apply to current societal issues.


Unit 1 - How Do Living Things Stay Alive? 

Students learn about the components of a cell and how they work together to sustain the life of multicellular organisms. They will investigate how adaptations, homeostasis and interactions with the non-living world work together to enhance an organism's chance of survival.


Unit 2 - How Is the Continuity Of Life Maintained?

Students will learn about cell reproduction and how instructions are passed on from one generation to the next. They will explore DNA replication, asexual and sexual reproduction, as well as stem cells. 


Unit 3 - How Do Cells Maintain Life?

Students will explore the workings of a cell from multiple perspectives. They will explore the structure and function of the plasma membrane and the internal spaces of a cell. They will explore the importance of specificity of DNA base pairing, enzymes, receptors and antigens and antibodies. 


Unit 4 - How Does Life Change and Respond To Challenges Over Time?

Students will discover the challenges and changes life has faced on Earth. They will explore evolution as a result of natural selection and its role in the creation of new species. Students will explore evidence for evolution from multiple perspectives. They will contemplate the biological, ethical and social ramifications of manipulating the DNA molecule as new technological advancements are made. 


IB Biology:

In IB Biology, both SL and HL students will study core topics including cell biology, molecular biology, genetics, ecology, evolution and human physiology. In addition, HL students will undertake additional topics such as plant biology, animal physiology, nucleic acids and metabolism. Both SL and HL students will also study one option topic, at varying degrees of depth. The option may be one of: neurobiology, biotechnology, ecology, or human physiology. Students will learn to appreciate scientific study and creativity within a global context, developing an ability to analyse, evaluate and synthesise scientific information.