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General Certificate of Education (International) Advanced Level and Advanced Subsidiary Level BIOLOGY 9700 For examination in June and November 2010

Syllabus

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BIOLOGY
GCE Advanced Subsidiary Level and GCE Advanced Level 9700
CONTENTS
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INTRODUCTION AIMS ASSESSMENT OBJECTIVES SCHEME OF ASSESSMENT WEIGHTING OF ASSESSMENT OBJECTIVES STRUCTURE OF THE SYLLABUS SUBJECT CONTENT DEFINITIONS AND OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION PRACTICAL ASSESSMENT SAFETY IN THE LABORATORY LABORATORY EQUIPMENT RESOURCE LIST MATHEMATICAL REQUIREMENTS NOTES ON THE USE OF STATISTICS IN BIOLOGY GLOSSARY OF TERMS

1 1 3 5 7 8 10 22 28 37 37 40 43 44 45

Notes
Attention is drawn to the small number of alterations in the syllabus by black vertical lines on either side of the text.

BIOLOGY 9700 A/AS LEVEL 2010

INTRODUCTION
This syllabus is designed to give flexibility both to teachers and to candidates and to place greater emphasis on the understanding and application of scientific concepts and principles than on the recall of factual material, whilst still giving a thorough introduction to the study of Biology. Centres and candidates may choose: • • to take all Advanced Level components in the same examination session leading to the full A Level; to follow a staged assessment route to the Advanced Level by taking the Advanced Subsidiary (AS) qualification in an earlier examination session. Subject to satisfactory performance such candidates are then only required to take the final part of the assessment (referred to in this syllabus as A2) leading to the full A Level; to take the Advanced Subsidiary (AS) qualification only.



AIMS
These are not listed in order of priority. The aims of a course based on this syllabus should be to: 1. 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 and, in particular, to enable them to acquire sufficient understanding and knowledge to 1.1 1.2 1.3 2. become confident citizens in a technological world and able to take or develop an informed interest in matters of scientific import; recognise the usefulness, and limitations, of scientific method and to appreciate its applicability in other disciplines and in everyday life; be suitably prepared for studies beyond A Level in biological sciences, in further or higher education, and for professional courses.

develop abilities and skills that 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 are relevant to the study and practice of biological science; are useful in everyday life; encourage effective, efficient and safe practice; encourage effective communication using universal scientific conventions.

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develop attitudes relevant to biological science such as 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 concern for accuracy and precision; objectivity; integrity; the skills of enquiry; initiative; inventiveness.

4.

stimulate interest in, and care for, the local and global environment, and understand the need for conservation.

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BIOLOGY 9700 A/AS LEVEL 2010

5.

promote an awareness 5.1 that scientific theories and methods have developed, and continue to do so, as a result of co-operative activities of groups and individuals and that biological science transcends national boundaries; that the study and practice of Biology are subject to social, economic, technological, ethical and cultural influences and limitations; that the implications of biological science may be both beneficial and detrimental to the individual, the community and the environment; of the importance of the use of IT for communication, as an aid to experiments and as a tool for the interpretation of experimental and theoretical results.

5.2 5.3 5.4 6.

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