Biology classes in Pretoria

These classes are taught by Vehlia Button.

You can find the online registration form here, but please do read this page before completing it!

The Cambridge Biology courses

The Cambridge IG and AS/A Level biology courses are excellent preparation for those students wanting to study in the fields of medicine, health sciences and other branches of science. The courses cover a lot of theory but also introduce students to the experimental work that is done in biology. Students will be expected to apply their knowledge to new situations thus teaching them valuable study and life skills.

Students doing IG Biology will write three exams: Paper 2 (multiple choice questions), Paper 4 (structured questions), Paper 6 (Alternative to practical). This is at extended level.

Students doing AS Biology will also write three exams: Paper 1 (multiple choice questions), Paper 2 (Structured questions based on the AS syllabus), Paper 3 (Practical).

Please note that in the AS Biology exam session does include a practical paper but there is an alternative to practical paper at IG Level. Practical work will be included in the AS class.

A Level biology includes the AS syllabus and the A2 syllabus. Students wanting to do A Levels can either do all five exams in one session or can take a staged approach in which they can write the AS level exams in one session (3 exams) and the A2 exams in another exam session (2 exams). The A2 exams are: Paper 4 (Structured questions based on the A2 syllabus) and Paper 5 (Planning, analysis and evaluation)

Work programme and classes available

Students will be given homework to do each day. Cambridge expects students to work about 180 hours per AS level subject. This amounts to about 5-6 hours per week per subject. Biology is an intensive learning subject and some students may require more hours per week to get through the work. Please support your child by making sure he/she is able to put in the necessary hours of study.

Classes will be limited to a maximum of 8 students per class. All biology classes will be offered on a Monday in Rietfontein where I have a biology lab set up for students to do the practical work.

I will be offering the following classes in 2021

IG Biology (writing in October / November 2021)

This class has been working through the syllabus since the beginning of 2020 and will write the exams in October / November 2021.

  • Monday morning (09:00-10:00) Rietfontein

IG Biology (writing in October / November 2022)

This will be a new class for students starting the syllabus. Students will prepare over two years and write the exams in October / November 2022.

  • Monday morning (10:00-11:00) Rietfontein

AS Biology (writing in October / November 2022)

This will be a new class for students wanting to take two-years over their studies: students will work through the syllabus over two years and write in the exams in October / November 2022. Students must have successfully completed the IG Biology exams to apply for this class. Practicals are included in the class.

  • Monday morning (11:30-12:30) Rietfontein

AS Biology (writing in October / November 2021)

This will be a new class for students wanting to take one-year to do their AS biology course: students will work through the syllabus and write in the exams in October / November 2021. Students must have successfully completed the IG Biology exams to apply for this class. Practicals are included in the class

  • Monday afternoon (13:30-14:30) Rietfontein

A2 Biology (writing in October / November 2021)

This will be a one-year course: students will work through the syllabus and write the exams in October / November 2021. Students should have completed AS Level.
Students wanting to write A level in one year, must register for the AS Biology class (writing in October / November 2021) as well as this A2 biology class

  • Monday afternoon (14:30-15:30)

AS biology practical exam sprint (writing in May/June 2021)

This will be a ten to twelve week practical class only for those who need help preparing for the practical exam in May / June 2021. The class is limited to a maximum of four students

  • Monday afternoons (15:30-16:30)

Pre-IG Biology

This is a new class for the younger students who want to explore themes in biology but are still too young to begin the IG biology course. Students should be around the age of 12 /13.

  • Monday afternoons (13:00-13:30)

Fees and fee structure

The fees are as follows:

IG Biology classes (writing in 2021) will be R660 per month for 10 months (January – October)

IG Biology class (writing in 2022) will be R680 per month for 12 months (January – December)

AS Biology class (writing in 2022) will be R700 per month for 12 months (January - December)

AS Biology class (writing in 2021) will be R730 per month for 10 months (January - October)

A2 Biology class (writing in 2021) will be R730 per month for 10 months (January - October)

AS Biology practical exam sprint) will be R2000 for the course.

Pre-IG Biology will be R500 per month for 12 months (January - December)

Fees are payable before the 7th of the month and can be transferred via EFT to Imago Education.

Once you send in your registration form, you will receive a confirmation of registration letter, which will include your personal payment reference. Please ensure that all payments made have your personal reference.

Bank details

First National Bank, cheque account
Branch code: 250 655
Account name: Imago Education
Account number: 6270 8573 581

Terms

Biology classes will commence the week starting 11 January 2021. Terms will not follow the government school terms this year, so please take note of the term dates below.

The classes writing in October / November 2021 will not have the September school holidays.

The terms dates are:

Term1: Monday 11 January – Friday 26 March (11 weeks)
Term 2: Monday 12 April – Friday 11 June (9 weeks)
Term 3: Monday 12 July – Friday 17 September (10 weeks)
Term 4: Monday 4 October – Friday 26 November (8 weeks)

Textbooks

Textbooks are available from Cambridge University Press (African branch) based in Cape Town.

Website: www.cambridge.org/za/education/subject/science/biology/cambridge-international-a-level-biology

Telephone: (021) 412-7800

e-mail:

IG textbooks

We will be using two textbooks:

  1. The Coursebook, which provides the essential  subject content of the course.
  2. The Workbook, which provides a wealth of excellent practice exercises.

Here are the details for the two books:

biology ig coursebookTitle: Cambridge IG Biology: Coursebook (Third edition)

Authors: Mary Jones and Geoff Jones

Publisher: Cambridge University Press, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-107-61479-6

Price: approx. R546 (from Cambridge University Press)

 

 

biology ig workbookTitle: Cambridge IG Biology: Workbook (Third edition)

Authors: Mary Jones and Geoff Jones

Publisher: Cambridge University Press, 2014

ISBN: 978-1-107-61493-2

Price: approx. R210 (from Cambridge University Press)

 

 

AS Level textbooks

We will be using a set of two textbooks:

  1. The Coursebook, which will be the main textbook covering the course material.
  2. The Workbook, which will give the students practice with exam type questions in each chapter

The textbooks cover both the AS Level and the A Level course, so there will be no further books to purchase for those wanting to go on to A Levels.

Here are the details for each of the books:

biology as coursebookTitle: Cambridge International AS and A Level Biology: Coursebook (Fourth edition)

Authors: Mary Jones, Richard Fosbery, Jennifer Gregory and Dennis Taylor

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 978-110-763-682-8

Price: approx. R925 (from Cambridge University Press)

 

 

biology as workbookTitle: Cambridge International AS and A Level Biology: Workbook (with CD Rom)

Authors: Mary Jones, Matthew Parkin

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 978-110-758-947-6

Price: approx. R335 (from Cambridge University Press)

Available from November 2019

 Stationery

Students will need the following stationery:

  • File to keep the work. It would be helpful to have 22 file dividers (one for each chapter) for IG and 12 dividers (one for each chapter and practical) for AS Levle
  • Index book (A5 size). This book has alphabetic divisions. Students will use this book to compile their own personal biology dictionary.
  • Index cards to be used for flash cards. Tokai board will also work.
  • Pen, HB pencil, good quality eraser, ruler, calculator.

Queries and registration

 If you have any queries about these classes, please contact Vehlia Button (email: , or use the contact form on this website).

If you would like to register for one of the classes, please use the online registration form.

We look forward to working together!