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%

    1 Comment

  1. July 27, 2018

    Well! The pattern is defined in an excellent manner but the chapters/topics are not detailed according to As/A Level. The most important how your school can prepare the students in P3 and P5.
    Shahzad Ahmed
    HOD Sciences, HM and Academic Coordinator,
    The Hub school Karachi.

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