Year 9 Option Choices - Subjects Offered


Course Description

The Biology Course in Years 10 and 11 is a continuation and extension of the work from Years 7 – 9, with additional topics for IGCSE. This course is designed to develop skills in both theory and practical work, and is an enjoyable and stimulating subject. It is an excellent foundation for those students who intend to pursue a career requiring knowledge of biology. It is also a course with content applicable to life after school, for those not wishing to pursue a biology based career. Some of the areas studied are:

  1. Characteristics and classification of living organisms (5% of teaching time).
  2. Organisation and maintenance of the organism (50% of teaching time)
  3. Development of the organism and the continuity of life (25% of teaching time).
  4. Relationship of organisms with one another and their environment (20% of teaching time).


There are three assessed areas of knowledge in Biology, which are:

  1. Knowledge with Understanding (50%)
  2. Handling Information & Solving Problems (30%)
  3. Experimental Skills and Investigations (20%)


We study using the  Cambridge International Exam Board – syllabus 0610.

The final grade is determined by three examinations:


Paper   Question TypeTime & MarksWeighting (%)Level of EntryGrades Available
Core1Multiple Choice45 min & 40 marks30Core onlyC – G
Core3Short-answer & Structured Questions75 min & 80 marks50Core onlyC – G
Extended2Multiple Choice45 min & 40 marks30Extended onlyA* – G
Extended4Short-answer & Structured Questions75 min & 80 marks50Extended only A* – G
Core & Extended6Alternative to Practical

60 min & 

40 marks

20Core & ExtendedC – G or A*- G

Students are entered at one of two levels: Core or Extended. If students are entered at Core they sit 3 papers (1,3 & 6) and can obtain Grades C to G. If students are entered at Extended level, they sit 3 papers (2,4 & 6) and can obtain grades A* – G.

The Future

Biology is essential for any career in medicine or veterinary work, pharmacology, dentistry, ophthalmology, agricultural science, biochemistry, drug development, molecular biology, genetic engineering, marine biology, food technology, chiropody, environmental health.


KES History

KES was founded in 1978 by Mr. Mohamed Jassim Al Saddah and Mrs. Rhoda Elizabeth Muhmood.


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