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Cambridge International AS and A Level Marine Science provides a coherent and stimulating introduction to the science of the marine environment. We recommend that learners starting this course should have completed a course in Cambridge O Level or Cambridge IGCSE in Biology or Marine Science or the equivalent.
The emphasis throughout is on the understanding of concepts and the application of ideas to new contexts. It is expected that practical activities will underpin the teaching of the whole course. Science is a practical subject and research suggests that success in future scientific study, or a scientific career, requires good practical skills.
Cambridge International AS and A Level Marine Science can form part of an ideal subject combination for learners who want to study Marine Biology or Environmental Science at university or to follow a career in shipping, fisheries, tourism or aquaculture.
Up to examination in 2021, this syllabus is available in the June series in all administrative zones. It is also available in the November exam series for schools in Mauritius and New Zealand (upon approval) only.
From 2022 this syllabus will be available in all administrative zones in both the June and November series. Check the administrative zones for your school.
The syllabus year refers to the year in which the examination will be taken.
For some subjects, the syllabus states that Grade Descriptions will be made available after first assessment in 2020 or 2021.
Publication of grade descriptions for these syllabuses has been delayed. This is to make sure that grade descriptions reflect examination outcomes appropriately and are based on the full range of candidate performance after the 2020 and 2021 series.
We provide a wide range of support so that teachers can give their learners the best possible preparation for Cambridge programmes and qualifications. For teachers at registered Cambridge schools, support materials for specific syllabuses are available from the School Support Hub (username and password required).
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We review all of our syllabuses regularly to make sure they continue to meet the needs of our schools and are up-to-date with current thinking. We have updated this syllabus and all assessment materials to improve the clarity and consistency between Marine Science and other sciences in the Cambridge International AS & A Level suite. These changes are for examination in 2022, 2023 and 2024.
The assessment objectives have been updated and regrouped into three new assessment objectives:
The updated syllabus is for examination from June and November 2022 onwards. 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.
View the supporting resource for Cambridge International AS & A Level Marine Science (9693).
Marine Science for Cambridge International AS & A Level (Cambridge University Press)
Help students explore the wonders of the underwater world and develop their theoretical and practical marine science skills. Following extensive classroom research, this series has been revised by experienced teachers for examination from 2022.
Read more on the Cambridge University press website