Biology AS – 9700



This subject is equivalent to a subject on the ‘approved list’ for University Entrance.

Recommended Background:

Biology IGCSE with a Grade B or above. Biology AS requires skills and knowledge from studying Year 11 Biology. Students scoring less than a B or who have not done Biology IGCSE will need to seek approval from the Faculty Head. A ‘Step Up’, self-directed unit will be completed by those who have not done Biology IGCSE.

Course Description:

The syllabus offers a combination of theoretical and practical studies leading to an understanding of the more advanced principles Biology. Students will be assessed on their ability to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Biological concepts and on their experimental and investigative skills.


  • Cell Membranes and Transports
  • Cell Structure
  • Nucleic acids and protein synthesis
  • Enzymes
  • Biological Molecules
  • Transport in mammals
  • Immunity
  • Transport in plants
  • Infectious Disease
  • Gas exchange and smoking
  • The mitotic cell cycle


Paper 13 Multiple Choice Based on Core Curriculum External Compulsory Weighting: 31%
Paper 23 Core and Supplement Curriculum External Compulsory Weighting: 46%
Paper 33 Practical Paper External Compulsory Weighting: 23%