Biology – Course code 9700
The course aims to provide, through well-designed studies of experimental and practical biological science, a worthwhile educational experience for all students, whether or not they go on to study science beyond this level.
In particular, it enables one to recognize the usefulness (and limitations) of scientific method, and its application in other subjects and in everyday life be suitably prepared for studies in biological sciences beyond A Level, in further or higher education, and for professional courses.
The course helps develop attitudes relevant to biological science, stimulate interest in, and care for, the local and global environment, and help students to understand the need for conservation. It aims to make students aware that scientific theories and methods have developed, and continue to develop, as a result of groups and individuals working together, and that biological science overcomes national boundaries; that the study and practice of biology are affected and limited by social, economic, technological, ethical and cultural factors; and that the application of biological science may be both helpful and harmful to the individual, the community and the environment and above all stimulate students and give them a lasting interest in biology, so that they find studying biology to be enjoyable and satisfying.
The pupil attempting AS and A Level Biology will sit for 5 examination papers in all.
During the first year of studies, the pupil attempts P1, P2, and P3.
During the second year, the pupil attempts P4 and P5
|Paper||Type of Paper||Duration||Marks||Weighting|
|AS Level||A Level|
|1||Multiple Choice||1 hour||40||31%||15%|
|2||AS Structured Questions||1 hour||60||46%||23%|
|3||Advanced Practical Skills ½||2 hour||40||23%||12%|
|4||A2 Structured Questions||2 hours||100||38%|
|5||Planning, Analysis and
|1 hour 15 min||30||12%|