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MAKING SENSE OF
Copyright © 2015 Henry Exham
• This is a two year linear qualification.
• The syllabus is divided into six sections.
• This is not a teaching order.
• Practical work is integral and skills should be
developed throughout the two year course.
• Much of the course content should be covered
independently as this is an important skill to
develop.
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1. The cell
2. The origin and
evolution of life
3. Animal physiology
1.1 Eukaryotic cell structure
1.2 Prokaryotic cells
1.3 Cell replication
1.4 Enzymes
1.5 Respiration
1.6 Genes and protein
synthesis
1.7 Applications of cell
biology
2.1 The origins of life
2.2 The chemicals of life
2.3 The evolution of life
2.4 Classification
3.1 Transport systems
3.2 Nutrition
3.3 Nerves, muscles and
behaviour
3.4 Homeostasis and cell
signalling
3.5 The immune system
3.6 Reproduction
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4. The life of plants 5. Environmental studies 6. Practical biology
4.1 Transport in plants
4.2 Photosynthesis
4.3 Reproduction
4.4 Control of plant
processes
5.1 Adaptation
5.2 Measuring and
conserving biodiversity
6.1 Planning and decision
making
6.2 Manipulation,
measurement and
observation
6.3 Presentation of data and
observations
6.4 Analysis of data and
conclusions
6.5 Analysis of procedures
and data
Copyright © 2015 Henry Exham
• There are four components to the assessment.
• Each component is based on the whole
syllabus content.
• The components are taken together at the
end of the course.
Copyright © 2015 Henry Exham
Paper 1 - Structured Paper 2 – Data analysis and planning
Paper 4 - PracticalPaper 3 – Case study and synoptic essay
2 hrs
30 min
1 hr
15 min
1 hr
45 min
2 hrs
30 min
40%
15%
22.5%
22.5%
• Section A (20 marks) – 20 objective
single word answer questions.
• Section B (80 marks) – Structured
short answer questions.
• Section A (35 marks) – Data analysis
• Section B (25 marks) – Planning
exercise
• Section A (30 marks) – Case study
• Section B (30 marks) – Synoptic essay –
choice from 1 of 3 unstructured
questions.
• Section A (45 marks) – One or two
practical based questions.
• Section B (35 marks) – Using a
microscope
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A01 Knowledge with understanding
(facts, definitions, diagrams, terminology, methodology)
40%
A02 Application of knowledge and problem solving
(interpret, analyse, evaluate, translate, synthesise, explain, accuracy, validity)
40%
A03 Experimental and investigative skills
(Plan, report, draw, observe, manipulate, calculate, improve, identify, predict)
20%
• Here is a summary of the assessment objectives that
the questions will be testing.
• As you can see there is a greater than 50% weighting
towards the skills element rather than knowledge.
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2
3
Distinction
1
2
3
Merit 1
2
3
Pass
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• Many of the questions will be set in novel
contexts and you will need to apply your
knowledge and understanding to them.
• Therefore it is important to do extensive reading
around the syllabus topics and keep up to date
with scientific developments in the media.
Copyright © 2015 Henry Exham
• These are just some of the areas of context
that may be used:
Medicine Veterinary
Medicine
Agriculture
and
production
Genomics
and
proteomics
History of
science
Ethics Conservation
Copyright © 2015 Henry Exham
• This is just a basic overview of Pre-U Biology.
• Visit this link for the full official specification:
http://www.cie.org.uk/programmes-and-
qualifications/cambridge-pre-u-biology-9790/

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Q-Factor General Quiz-7th April 2024, Quiz Club NITW
 

Guide to Cambridge Pre-U Biology

  • 1. Guide to teaching Pre-U Biology Brought to you by mrexham.com Copyright©2016HenryExham MAKING SENSE OF
  • 2. Copyright © 2015 Henry Exham • This is a two year linear qualification. • The syllabus is divided into six sections. • This is not a teaching order. • Practical work is integral and skills should be developed throughout the two year course. • Much of the course content should be covered independently as this is an important skill to develop. 2
  • 3. Copyright © 2015 Henry Exham 3 1. The cell 2. The origin and evolution of life 3. Animal physiology 1.1 Eukaryotic cell structure 1.2 Prokaryotic cells 1.3 Cell replication 1.4 Enzymes 1.5 Respiration 1.6 Genes and protein synthesis 1.7 Applications of cell biology 2.1 The origins of life 2.2 The chemicals of life 2.3 The evolution of life 2.4 Classification 3.1 Transport systems 3.2 Nutrition 3.3 Nerves, muscles and behaviour 3.4 Homeostasis and cell signalling 3.5 The immune system 3.6 Reproduction
  • 4. Copyright © 2015 Henry Exham 4 4. The life of plants 5. Environmental studies 6. Practical biology 4.1 Transport in plants 4.2 Photosynthesis 4.3 Reproduction 4.4 Control of plant processes 5.1 Adaptation 5.2 Measuring and conserving biodiversity 6.1 Planning and decision making 6.2 Manipulation, measurement and observation 6.3 Presentation of data and observations 6.4 Analysis of data and conclusions 6.5 Analysis of procedures and data
  • 5. Copyright © 2015 Henry Exham • There are four components to the assessment. • Each component is based on the whole syllabus content. • The components are taken together at the end of the course.
  • 6. Copyright © 2015 Henry Exham Paper 1 - Structured Paper 2 – Data analysis and planning Paper 4 - PracticalPaper 3 – Case study and synoptic essay 2 hrs 30 min 1 hr 15 min 1 hr 45 min 2 hrs 30 min 40% 15% 22.5% 22.5% • Section A (20 marks) – 20 objective single word answer questions. • Section B (80 marks) – Structured short answer questions. • Section A (35 marks) – Data analysis • Section B (25 marks) – Planning exercise • Section A (30 marks) – Case study • Section B (30 marks) – Synoptic essay – choice from 1 of 3 unstructured questions. • Section A (45 marks) – One or two practical based questions. • Section B (35 marks) – Using a microscope
  • 7. Copyright © 2015 Henry Exham A01 Knowledge with understanding (facts, definitions, diagrams, terminology, methodology) 40% A02 Application of knowledge and problem solving (interpret, analyse, evaluate, translate, synthesise, explain, accuracy, validity) 40% A03 Experimental and investigative skills (Plan, report, draw, observe, manipulate, calculate, improve, identify, predict) 20% • Here is a summary of the assessment objectives that the questions will be testing. • As you can see there is a greater than 50% weighting towards the skills element rather than knowledge.
  • 8. Copyright © 2015 Henry Exham 1 2 3 Distinction 1 2 3 Merit 1 2 3 Pass
  • 9. Copyright © 2015 Henry Exham • Many of the questions will be set in novel contexts and you will need to apply your knowledge and understanding to them. • Therefore it is important to do extensive reading around the syllabus topics and keep up to date with scientific developments in the media.
  • 10. Copyright © 2015 Henry Exham • These are just some of the areas of context that may be used: Medicine Veterinary Medicine Agriculture and production Genomics and proteomics History of science Ethics Conservation
  • 11. Copyright © 2015 Henry Exham • This is just a basic overview of Pre-U Biology. • Visit this link for the full official specification: http://www.cie.org.uk/programmes-and- qualifications/cambridge-pre-u-biology-9790/