|Examination Board||Cambridge International Examinations|
|Entry Requirements||IGCSE Grades BB in Coordinated Science or Grade B in Biology and Chemistry|
Cambridge International AS and A Level Biology encourages learners to explore their subject in depth. The syllabus has been designed, in consultation with teachers and universities, to help learners develop not only subject knowledge, but also a strong understanding of some of the key concepts that are critical to mastering the subject.
Universities value learners who have a thorough understanding of key concepts in Biology, an in-depth knowledge of Biology’s most important themes and strong practical skills. Cambridge International AS and A Level Biology help learners develop the knowledge and skills that will prepare them for successful university study.
Candidates for Cambridge International AS Level Biology study topics
- Cell structure
- Biological molecules
- Cell membranes and transport
- The mitotic cell cycle
- Nucleic acids and protein synthesis
- Transport in plants
- Transport in mammals
- Gas exchange and smoking
- Infectious disease
Candidates for Cambridge International A Level Biology study the AS topics and the following topics:
- Energy and respiration
- Control and co-ordination
- Inherited change
- Selection and evolution
- Biodiversity, classification and conservation
- Genetic technology
Candidates for Advanced Subsidiary (AS) certification take Papers 1, 2 and 3 (either Advanced Practical Skills 1 or Advanced Practical Skills 2) in a single examination series.
Candidates who, having received AS certification, wish to continue their studies to the full Advanced Level qualification may carry their AS marks forward and take Papers 4 and 5 in the examination series in which they require certification.
- Paper 1 Multiple Choice 1 hour
- Paper 2 AS Level Structured Questions 1 hour 15 minutes
- Paper 3 Advanced Practical Skills 2 hours
- Paper 4 A Level Structured Questions 2 hours
- Paper 5 Planning, Analysis and Evaluation 1 hour 15 minutes
Careers and Progression
Cambridge International A Level Biology provides a suitable foundation for the study of Biology or related courses in higher education. It is equally suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in the Life sciences, or as part of a course of general education. Cambridge International AS Level Biology constitutes the first half of the Cambridge International A Level course in Biology and therefore provides a suitable foundation for the study of Biology at Cambridge International A Level and then for related courses in higher education. Depending on local university entrance requirements, it may permit or assist progression directly to university courses in Biology or some other subjects such as Genetic Engineering and Biochemistry. It is also suitable for candidates intending to pursue careers or further study in science, or as part of a course of general education.
For more information, contact Mrs Rowlands or Mr Lespoir