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Together with schools and universities, we have developed Cambridge Pre-U Biology with the young bioscientist in mind. Cambridge Pre-U Biology offers an excellent grounding for the study and use of biology at university. The course encourages learners to do independent study and research, and work collaboratively with their peers. It develops many skills associated with studying biological sciences at a higher level and offers opportunities to make links between different topics that may not be possible in modular courses.
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.
You will see these changes on live question papers from June 2020 and therefore we have made these changes on the specimen materials for this syllabus. The specimen questions and mark schemes remain the same.
The last examination series for Cambridge Pre-U Biology (9790) will be June 2023. There is a resit opportunity in June 2024, there is no option for candidates to resit after this date. We communicated this decision to schools in November 2019.
Cambridge International and OCR (Oxford, Cambridge & RSA) exam boards are both part of the Cambridge Assessment group. Between us, we are able to offer alternative post-16 qualifications in biology. This mapping document shows how the areas of study, assessment objectives, and assessment methods map to equivalent alternative qualifications.
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.
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