Length of course: 5 half-day sessions 
Boards: 0610/0970

This course is designed for students studying IGCSE Biology with CIE. The CIE 0970 syllabus is graded from 9 to 1 but is otherwise the same as CIE 0610.

This course is not suitable for those students studying IGCSE Double/Dual Award Science or for those students studying any science courses which are not International.

Please note that students can be entered for either core tier or extension tier exams for the CIE specifications. This course will be delivered to extension tier standard. The following topics will be covered:

  • Characteristics of living organisms
  • Features of eukaryotic and prokaryotic organisms
  • Cell structure and organisation
  • Movement of substances into and out of cells
  • Food tests for reducing sugars, fats, starch and protein
  • Enzymes, Photosynthesis, Diet and nutrition
  • Alimentary canal
  • Transport in plants and Transport in animals
  • Disease and immunity
  • Gas exchange in humans, Respiration, Gas exchange in plants
  • Excretion in humans
  • Co-ordination and response
  • Tropic responses in plants
  • Antibiotics
  • Reproduction in plants and Reproduction in animals
  • DNA and protein synthesis
  • Meiosis and Mitosis
  • Monohybrid crosses
  • Codominance
  • Mutation and evolution
  • Selective breeding
  • Ecology
  • Nitrogen cycle and carbon cycle
  • Biotechnology and genetic engineering
  • Food supply
  • Eutrophication, greenhouse gases and deforestation
  • Concept and use of a classification system
  • Classification of vertebrates and arthropods
  • Construction and use simple dichotomous keys based on easily identifiable features
  • Calculation of magnification and size of biological specimens
  • The importance of osmosis in both plant and animal cells
  • DCPIP test for vitamin C
  • Mechanical digestion
  • The treatment of diarrhoea using oral rehydration therapy
  • Care of teeth
  • The lymphatic system
  • The role of the liver in assimilation of amino acids
  • Misused drugs including heroin, alcohol, anabolic steroids and testosterone
  • Birth control
  • Sex-linkage
  • Human population and growth curves
  • Water cycle
  • Conservation