Cambridge AS & A Level Biology 9700 Syllabus 2022-2024

For examination in June and November 2022, 2023 and 2024.

Cambridge AS & A Level Biology 9700 Syllabus 2022-2024

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Candidates for Cambridge International AS Level Biology study the following topics:

1. Cell structure

1.1 The microscope in cell studies

1.2 Cells as the basic units of living organisms

2. Biological molecules

2.1 Testing for biological molecules

2.2 Carbohydrates and lipids

2.3 Proteins

2.4 Water

3. Enzymes

3.1 Mode of action of enzymes

3.2 Factors that affect enzyme action

4.. Cell membranes and transport

4.1 Fluid mosaic membranes

4.2 Movement into and out of cells

5. The mitotic cell cycle

5.1 Replication and division of nuclei and cells

5.2 Chromosome behavior in mitosis

6. Nucleic acids and protein synthesis

6.1 Structure of nucleic acids and replication of DNA

6.2 Protein synthesis

7. Transport in plants

7.1 Structure of transport tissues

7.2 Transport mechanisms

8. Transport in mammals

8.1 The circulatory system

8.2 Transport of oxygen and carbon dioxide

8.3 The heart

9. Gas exchange

9.1 The gas exchange system

10. Infectious diseases

10.1 Infectious diseases

10.2 Antibiotics

11. Immunity

11.1 The immune system

11.2 Antibodies and vaccination

AS Level candidates also study practical skills.

Candidates for Cambridge International A Level Biology study the AS topics and the following topics:

12. Energy and respiration

12.1 Energy

12.2 Respiration

13. Photosynthesis

13.1 Photosynthesis as an energy transfer process

13.2 Investigation of limiting factors

14. Homeostasis

14.1 Homeostasis in mammals

14.2 Homeostasis in plants

15. Control and coordination

15.1 Control and coordination in mammals

15.2 Control and coordination in plants

16. Inheritance

16.1 Passage of information from parents to offspring

16.2 The roles of genes in determining the phenotype

16.3 Gene control

17. Selection and evolution

17.1 Variation

17.2 Natural and artificial selection

17.3 Evolution

18. Classification, biodiversity, and conservation

18.1 Classification

18.2 Biodiversity

18.3 Conservation

19. Genetic technology

19.1 Principles of genetic technology

19.2 Genetic technology applied to medicine

19.3 Genetically modified organisms in agriculture

A-Level candidates also study practical skills.

Details of the assessment

Paper 1 Multiple Choice
Written paper, 1 hour 15 minutes, 40 marks
Forty multiple-choice questions of the four-choice type, testing assessment objectives AO1 and AO2.
Questions are based on the AS Level syllabus content.

Paper 2 AS Level Structured Questions
Written paper, 1 hour 15 minutes, 60 marks
Structured questions testing assessment objectives AO1 and AO2.
Questions are based on the AS Level syllabus content.

Paper 3 Advanced Practical Skills
Practical test, 2 hours, 40 marks
This paper tests assessment objective AO3 in a practical context.
Questions are based on the practical skills (including the use of a light microscope) in the Practical assessment
section of the syllabus for Paper 3. The context of the questions may be outside the syllabus content.

Paper 4 A Level Structured Questions
Written paper, 2 hours, 100 marks
Structured questions testing assessment objectives AO1 and AO2.
Questions are based on the A-Level syllabus content; knowledge of material from the AS Level syllabus content will
be required.

Paper 5 Planning, Analysis, and Evaluation
Written paper, 1 hour 15 minutes, 30 marks
Structured questions testing assessment objective AO3.
Questions are based on the practical skills of planning, analysis, and evaluation in the Practical assessment section
of the syllabus for Paper 5. The context of the questions may be outside the syllabus content.

Recommended Books for AS & A-Level Biology

  1. Ann Fullick, Jo Locke, and Paul Bircher. 2015. A Level Biology for OCR- A. Oxford University Press.
  2. Ann Fullick. 2015. Edexcel AS/A level Biology 1. 2nd Edition. Pearson Education Limited.
  3. CGP. 2015. A-Level Biology Exam Board: AQA. Complete Revision and Practice. Original material by Richard Parsons.
  4. Glenn Toole and Susan Toole. 2015. AQA Biology for A-Level. 2nd Edition. Oxford University Press.
  5. Mary Jones, Richard Fosbery, Jennifer Gregory and Dennis Taylor. 2014. Cambridge International AS and A Level Biology Coursebook. 4th Edition. Cambridge University Press.
  6. Mary Jones. 2010. Cambridge International A/AS-Level Biology Revision Guide. Hodder Education.
  7. Sue Hocking, Frank Sochacki, and Mark Winterbottom. 2015. OCR AS/A level Biology A. 2nd Edition. Pearson Education Limited.

Reference and Source

Cambridge Assessment International Education.

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