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Cambridge International AS and A Level Biology (fourth edition)

Fully revised and updated content matching the new Cambridge International Examinations Biology 9700 syllabus for first teaching in 2014 and first examination in 2016.

Endorsed by Cambridge International Examinations and fully supporting the requirements of the latest Cambridge International AS and A Level Biology syllabus (9700) for first examination in 2016 Cambridge International AS and A Level Biology (fourth edition) comprehensively covers all the knowledge and skills students need during this course.

Written by renowned experts in biology teaching, Cambridge International AS and A Level Biology (fourth edition) is written in an accessible style with international learners in mind. The Coursebook is easy to navigate with colour-coded sections to differentiate between AS and A Level content. Self assessment questions allow learners to track their progression and exam-style questions at the end of every chapter help learners to prepare thoroughly for their examinations. Contemporary contexts and applications are discussed throughout enhancing the relevance and interest for learners. The accompanying CD-ROM contains detailed answers including workings to all questions in the Coursebook, advice on revision and how to approach examinations, and recommendations of additional and complementary further resources.

  • Fully updated to match new syllabus for first examination in 2016.
  • Written with an international audience in mind using language that is accessible for learners using English as an additional language.
  • References are made to contemporary contexts and applications to increase the relevance of the content to students' lives.
  • Consistent use of Worked Examples to work through complex problems in step by step ways.
  • Photographic and illustrative content provides a strong visual element which aids students' understanding.
  • New digital versions of our textbooks are coming in 2015 and will offer an enriched learning experience through material such as animation, video and audio content, and/or self-marking quiz, assessment questions and personalisation of table of contents.

What is important when translating syllabus content into a teaching tool?

It is most important that teachers think about how they are going to develop the skills that students need, as well as covering the content listed in the syllabus. These skills are summarised in Assessment Objectives AO2 and AO3 and between them they make up 60% of the overall marks. So simply covering the content is not enough. The scheme of work that is developed should consider how and where activities that will help students to develop skills will take place, and how this skills development will progress through the course.

What is the pedagogy/approach used in the content?

Teachers can rely on the Coursebook to describe and explain all the required content that is required in the examination. Text and illustrations work closely together to give full explanations to a level that will allow students to obtain the highest grades in their exams. Each concept is fully explained, helping students to understand their work rather than just recalling facts. Cross-referencing helps students to see links between different areas of their course. Each technical term is explained when first introduced, and a comprehensive glossary can be used for reference, to ensure that students can arm themselves with the appropriate language to write scientifically accurate answers to exam questions. Worked examples explain how to carry out essential calculations, such as magnifications or statistical tests. The Coursebook also includes many questions that will help the teacher and the student to assess where they have reached in their learning process, as part of the assessment for learning (formative assessment) that should be taking place. Each chapter ends with a set of questions, generally beginning with relatively short, formative questions. There are also several exam-style questions, which can be used to help students develop the ability to write suitable answers in their examinations. Answers to all of these questions can be found on the Teacher's Resource CD-ROM.

Mary Jones is a renowned and experienced author from KS3 to A level, with examining experience working alongside Cambridge International Examinations.

Richard Fosbery is an experienced examiner closely involved with Cambridge International Examinations.

Jennifer Gregory is an experienced A level author of many titles for Cambridge University Press.

Dennis Taylor is an experienced A level author of many titles for Cambridge University Press.

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Cambridge International AS and A Level Biology Coursebook with CD-ROM (fourth edition)

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