IBDP Biology

IB DP Biology Guide (Syllabus Content Only)

IB DP Biology Guide (Full) – Online version can be viewed here

Time allocations for subtopics from the teacher support material website

Scheme of Work


I use a mix of the Allott & Mindorff and Walpole textbooks with my classes and some of the exercises in my workbooks will reference these texts.

April 2016

The following pages are dedicated to each of the IBDP biology topics. On each page I have populated a list of resources that I use for each topic.

Please follow the links below or the menu to navigate to pages containing lists of resources for each topic:


Topic 1: Cell biology

Topic 1.1 Introduction to cells

Topic 1.2 Ultrastructure of cells

Topic 1.3 Membrane structure

Topic 1.4 Membrane transport

Topic 1.5 The origin of cells

Topic 1.6 Cell division

Topic 2: Molecular Biology

Topic 2.1 Molecules to metabolism

Topic 2.2 Water

Topic 2.3 Carbohydrates and lipids

Topic 2.4 Proteins

Topic 2.5 Enzymes

Topic 2.6 Structure of DNA and RNA

Topic 2.7 DNA replication, transcription and translation

Topic 2.8 Cell respiration

Topic 2.9 Photosynthesis

Topic 3: Genetics

Topic 3.1 Genes

Topic 3.2 Chromosomes

Topic 3.3 Meiosis

Topic 3.4 Genetic modification and biotechnology

Topic 4: Ecology

Topic 4.1 Species, communities and ecosystems

Topic 4.2 Energy flow

Topic 4.3 Carbon cycling

Topic 4.4 Climate change

Topic 5: Evolution and biodiversity

Topic 5.1 Evidence for evolution

Topic 5.2 Natural selection

Topic 5.3 Classification of biodiversity

Topic 5.4 Cladistics

Topic 6: Human physiology

Topic 6.1 Digestion and absorption

Topic 6.2 The blood system

Topic 6.3 Defence against infectious disease

Topic 6.4 Gas exchange

Topic 6.5 Neurons and synapses

Topic 6.6 Hormones, homeostasis and reproduction

Additional Higher Level (AHL)

Topic 7: Nucleic Acids

Topic 7.1 DNA Structure and replication

Topic 7.2 Transcription and gene expression

Topic 7.3 Translation

Topic 8: Metabolism, cell respiration and photosynthesis

Topic 8.1 Metabolism

Topic 8.2 Cell respiration

Topic 8.2 Photosynthesis

Topic 9: Plant biology

Topic 9.1 Transport in the xylem of plants

Topic 9.2 Transport in the phloem of plants

Topic 9.3 Growth in plants

Topic 9.4 Reproduction in plants

Topic 10: Genetics and evolution

Topic 10.1 Meiosis

Topic 10.2 Inheritance

Topic 10.3 Gene pools and speciation

Topic 11: Animal Physiology

Topic 11.1 Antibody production and vaccination

Topic 11.2 Movement

Topic 11.3 The kidney and osmoregulation

Topic 11.4 Sexual reproduction


Option A: Neurobiology and behaviour

Core topics

Option A.1 Neural development

Option A.2 The human brain

Option A.3 Perception of stimuli

Additional Higher Level

Option A.4 Innate and learned behaviour

Option A.5 Neuropharmacology

Option A.6 Ethology

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