Cambridge AS & A Level Biology 9700 Syllabus 2022-2024

For examination in June and November 2022, 2023, and 2024.

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Candidates for Cambridge International AS Level Biology study the following topics:

1. Cell structure

1.1 The microscope in cell studies

1.2 Cells as the basic units of living organisms

2. Biological molecules

2.1 Testing for biological molecules

2.2 Carbohydrates and lipids

2.3 Proteins

2.4 Water

3. Enzymes

3.1 Mode of action of enzymes

3.2 Factors that affect enzyme action

4. Cell membranes and transport

4.1 Fluid mosaic membranes

4.2 Movement into and out of cells

5. The mitotic cell cycle

5.1 Replication and division of nuclei and cells

5.2 Chromosome behavior in mitosis

6. Nucleic acids and protein synthesis

6.1 Structure of nucleic acids and replication of DNA

6.2 Protein synthesis

7. Transport in plants

7.1 Structure of transport tissues

7.2 Transport mechanisms

8. Transport in mammals

8.1 The circulatory system

8.2 Transport of oxygen and carbon dioxide

8.3 The heart

9. Gas exchange

9.1 The gas exchange system

10. Infectious diseases

10.1 Infectious diseases

10.2 Antibiotics

11. Immunity

11.1 The immune system

11.2 Antibodies and vaccination

AS Level candidates also study practical skills.

Candidates for Cambridge International A Level Biology study the AS topics and the following topics:

12. Energy and respiration

12.1 Energy

12.2 Respiration

13. Photosynthesis

13.1 Photosynthesis as an energy transfer process

13.2 Investigation of limiting factors

14. Homeostasis

14.1 Homeostasis in mammals

14.2 Homeostasis in plants

15. Control and coordination

15.1 Control and coordination in mammals

15.2 Control and coordination in plants

16. Inheritance

16.1 Passage of information from parents to offspring

16.2 The roles of genes in determining the phenotype

16.3 Gene control

17. Selection and evolution

17.1 Variation

17.2 Natural and artificial selection

17.3 Evolution

18. Classification, biodiversity, and conservation

18.1 Classification

18.2 Biodiversity

18.3 Conservation

19. Genetic technology

19.1 Principles of genetic technology

19.2 Genetic technology applied to medicine

19.3 Genetically modified organisms in agriculture

A-Level candidates also study practical skills.

Details of the assessment

Paper 1 Multiple Choice
Written paper, 1 hour 15 minutes, 40 marks
Forty multiple-choice questions of the four-choice type, testing assessment objectives AO1 and AO2.
Questions are based on the AS Level syllabus content.

Paper 2 AS Level Structured Questions
Written paper, 1 hour 15 minutes, 60 marks
Structured questions testing assessment objectives AO1 and AO2.
Questions are based on the AS Level syllabus content.

Paper 3 Advanced Practical Skills
Practical test, 2 hours, 40 marks
This paper tests assessment objective AO3 in a practical context.
Questions are based on the practical skills (including the use of a light microscope) in the Practical assessment
section of the syllabus for Paper 3. The context of the questions may be outside the syllabus content.

Paper 4 A Level Structured Questions
Written paper, 2 hours, 100 marks
Structured questions testing assessment objectives AO1 and AO2.
Questions are based on the A-Level syllabus content; knowledge of material from the AS Level syllabus content will
be required.

Paper 5 Planning, Analysis, and Evaluation
Written paper, 1 hour 15 minutes, 30 marks
Structured questions testing assessment objective AO3.
Questions are based on the practical skills of planning, analysis, and evaluation in the Practical assessment section
of the syllabus for Paper 5. The context of the questions may be outside the syllabus content.

Recommended Books for AS & A-Level Biology

A Level Biology Books from Cambridge University Press
1. Cambridge International AS & A Level Biology- Coursebook
2. Cambridge International AS & A Level Biology- Workbook
3. Cambridge International AS & A Level Biology- Practical Workbook
4. Cambridge International AS & A Level Biology- Digital Teacher’s Resource

A Level Biology Books from Collins
1. Collins Cambridge International AS & A Level Biology- Student’s Book

A Level Biology Books from Hodder Education
1. Cambridge International AS & A Level Biology- Student’s Book

A Level Biology Books from Oxford University Press
1. Cambridge International AS & A Level Complete Biology
2. Cambridge International AS & A Level Biology: Exam Success Guide
3. Oxford Revise: A Level Biology for OCR A Revision and Exam Practice
4. Oxford Revise: AQA A Level Biology Revision and Exam Practice

A Level Biology Books from CGP Books
1. A-Level Biology for OCR A: Year 1 & 2 Student Book
2. A-Level Biology for AQA: Year 1 & 2 Student Book

Read More: Best AS and A Level Biology Books to Study (From 2022 Exam)

Reference and Source

Cambridge Assessment International Education.

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