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Cambridge International AS and A Level Biology builds on the skills acquired at Cambridge IGCSE (or equivalent) level. The syllabus includes the main theoretical concepts which are fundamental to the subject, some current applications of biology, and a strong emphasis on advanced practical skills. Practical skills are assessed in a timetabled practical examination.
The emphasis throughout is on the understanding of concepts and the application of biology ideas in novel contexts as well as on the acquisition of knowledge. The course encourages creative thinking and problem-solving skills which are transferable to any future career path. Cambridge International AS and A Level Biology is ideal for learners who want to study biology or a wide variety of related subjects at university or to follow a career in science.
The syllabus year refers to the year in which the examination will be taken.
We revise qualifications regularly to make sure that they continue to meet the needs of learners, schools and higher education institutions around the world and that they are up-to-date with current thinking. We have updated this syllabus and all assessment materials to improve the clarity and consistency between Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
To make it easier for teachers to understand what's required, we have:
The updated syllabus is for examination from June 2022 onwards. Examinations are available in March 2022 for India only. Please see the 2022-2024 syllabus above for full details.
We have a comprehensive range of materials to help you teach the 2022-2024 syllabus including:
These materials are available on our School Support Hub.
Sign up for our online Introductory training from June 2020 and online Extension Training from September 2021.
View supporting resources for Cambridge International AS & A Level Biology (9700).
Biology for Cambridge International AS & A Level (Cambridge University Press)
New editions of this series help your students develop practical and analytical skills. Features such as Science in Context and reflection boxes, provide students with active learning, skills building and reflection opportunities.
Read more on the Cambridge University press website
Cambridge International AS & A Level Biology (Hodder)
Confidently navigate the Cambridge International AS & A Level Biology (9700) syllabus with a structured approach ensuring that the link between theory and practice is consolidated, scientific skills are applied, and analytical skills developed.
Read more on the Hodder website
Cambridge International AS & A Level Biology (Collins)
Deepen students' understanding and evaluate learning with regular questions and practical activities. This course provides regular opportunities to draw connections between topics.
Read more on the Collins website
For some subjects, the syllabus states that Grade Descriptions will be made available after first assessment in 2020, 2021 or 2022.
Publication of grade descriptions was paused in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the temporary changes to the grading standard that have been in place for 2020, 2021 and 2022. We are currently working on producing these grade descriptions. This work will make sure that grade descriptions reflect examination outcomes appropriately and are based on the more stable grading standard that we expect to have in place for June 2023 onwards.
From 2020, we have made some changes to the wording and layout of the front covers of our question papers to reflect the new Cambridge International branding and to make instructions clearer for candidates - learn more.
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