Why Cambridge International AS & A Level Biology?
Universities value learners who have a thorough understanding of key concepts in biology, an in-depth knowledge of biology’s most important themes and strong practical skills. Cambridge International AS and A Level Biology helps learners develop the knowledge and skills that will prepare them for successful university study. Our learners also develop lifelong skills of scientific enquiry, confidence in technology, and communication and teamwork skills.
About the syllabus
Cambridge learners will develop:
• an understanding of the principal processes operating within physical geography and human geography
• an understanding of the causes and effects of change on natural and human environments
• an awareness of the usefulness of geographical analysis to understand and solve contemporary human and environmental problems
• the ability to handle and evaluate different types and sources of information
• the skills to think logically, and to present an ordered and coherent argument in a variety of ways
• an excellent foundation for studies beyond Cambridge International A Level in Geography, in further or higher education, and for professional courses.
The key concepts on which this syllabus is built are set out below. These key concepts can help you think about how to approach each syllabus topic in order to encourage you to make links between
topics and develop a deep overall understanding of the subject.
1. Space: the implications of spatial distributions and patterns of a range of physical and human geographical phenomena.
2. Scale: the significance of spatial scale in interpreting environments, features and places from local to global, and time scale in interpreting change from the geological past to future scenarios.
3. Place: the importance of physical and human characteristics which create distinctive places with different opportunities and challenges.
4. Environment: how the interactions between people and their environment create the need for environmental management and sustainability.
5. Interdependence: how the complex nature of interacting physical systems, human systems and processes create links and interdependencies.
6. Diversity: the signifi cance of the similarities and differences between places, environments and people.
7. Change: the importance of change and the dynamic nature of places, environments and systems. Teachers are expected to embed the key concepts through the study of the topics, both in general and specifically through examples and case studies.
Guided learning hours
Guided learning hours give an indication of the amount of contact time you need to have with the tutor to successfully complete a this course. The course is designed around 180 guided learning hours.