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Biology

Biology - A level

Year 12

Term Topics taught and learning outcomes
Term 1.1
  • Understand the principles of polymerisation, including their formation and breakdown.
  • Explore the structure and function of carbohydrates, proteins and lipids.
  • Investigate how to test for sugars, both reducing and non-reducing, proteins and lipids.

ASSESSMENT

Exam style questions on polymerisation, carbohydrates, proteins and lipids.

HOMEWORK

Experimental write up of all 4 food tests, including method, results table, control variables and evaluation of method.
Revision notes, poster or mind map for carbohydrates, lipids and protein.

Term 1.2
  • Describe the structure of enzymes and link this to their function in mammalian systems.
  • Investigate the factors that affect the rate of enzyme controlled reactions.
  • Compare and contrast the structure and function of RNA and DNA, including the process of DNA replication.

ASSESSMENT

Exam style questions on enzymes and the factors that affect them.

HOMEWORK

Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 practice questions from the AS textbook.
Plan and write up an investigation into factors that affect the rate of enzymes controlled reactions.

Term 2.1
  • Explore the biological importance of water.
  • Explore the biological importance of ATP.
  • Describe the structure of DNA and chromosomes and explain how genes code for polypeptides.

ASSESSMENT

Exam style questions on the importance of water and ATP and also the structure of DNA and RNA.

HOMEWORK

Application questions from the AS textbook.

Term 2.2
  • Understand the processes of polypeptide synthesis, including transcription and translation.
  • Describe the structure of mRNA and tRNA, comparing them and linking to their roles in transcription and translation.
  • Describe sources of variation in populations, including gene mutations, chromosome mutations and meiosis.

ASSESSMENT

Exam style questions on DNA, polypeptide synthesis and variation.

HOMEWORK

Chapter 8 practice questions from the AS textbook.
Extended piece of on the causes and consequences of mutations.

Term 3.1
  • Explain how genetic diversity and changes in the environment lead to adaptation and evolution.
  • Explain the concept of species and the principles of classification.
  • Explore diversity of communities and populations, including calculation of index of diversity and how it is affected by the action of humans.

ASSESSMENT

Exam style questions on diversity, adaptation and evolution.

HOMEWORK

Chapter 9 and 10 practice questions from the AS textbook.
Additional practise questions from the green section of the AS textbook.

Term 3.2
  • Explore how organisms are adapted to respond to their environment, including both nervous and hormonal systems.
  • Describe the structure of a Pacinian corpuscle and receptors in the eye and explain how they work.
  • Research how mammalian heart rate is controlled, including the role of chemical and pressure receptors.

ASSESSMENT

Exam style questions on organisms and their responses to the environment.

HOMEWORK

Complete revision notes for all AS topics.

Make sure lab look is up to date for all AS required practicals.

Year 13

Term Topics taught and learning outcomes
Term 1.1
  • Describe how to investigate populations in a practical way and the factors that affect populations.
  • Explain the biochemical processes involved in aerobic and anaerobic respiration.
  • Explain the biochemical processes involved in the light dependent and light independent stages of photosynthesis and how photosynthesis can be limited.

ASSESSMENT

Exam style questions on populations, aerobic, anaerobic respiration, photosynthesis and limiting factors

HOMEWORK

Practice and exam questions from the revision guide.

Term 1.2
  • Describe how energy is transferred through ecosystems and how farming practices affect productivity.
  • Describe how the carbon and nitrogen cycles show how carbon and nitrogen are passed on and recycled.
  • Explain the causes and consequences of global warming and eutrophication.

ASSESSMENT

Exam style questions on energy flow, carbon, nitrogen cycles, global warming and eutrophication.

HOMEWORK

Practice and exam questions from the revision guide.

Term 2.1
  • Describe the stages of succession resulting in a climax community for different ecosystems.
  • Evaluate evidence and data about different conservation issues.
  • Explain, using genetic diagrams, how genotypes are inherited and manipulate the Hardy-Weinberg equation to predict allele, genotype frequency, the percentage of a population that has a certain genotype and if external factors are affecting allele frequency.

ASSESSMENT

Exam style questions on succession, conservation and inheritance.

HOMEWORK

Practice and exam questions from the revision guide.

Term 2.2
  • Use of whole past papers and mark schemes to prepare for B4 examination
  • Use of revision techniques- flashcards, mind maps, questions, notes, essays to prepare for B4 examination.
  • Preparation for EMPA- revision of Spearman rank, Standard error, Chi squared statistical techniques.

ASSESSMENT

Whole B4 paper for progress examination.

HOMEWORK

Complete whole B4 pa

Term 3.1
  • Preparation for EMPA- revision of content included in EMPA (yet to be published)
  • Carry out task 1 and task 2 practical assessment, including statistical analysis.
  • Complete written EMPA test

ASSESSMENT

Complete past EMPAs as practice for exam.

HOMEWORK

Revision for EMPA

Term 3.2
  • Use past papers and mark schemes to prepare for external examinations.
  • Make revision notes using AQA textbook and revision guides.
  • Devise mind maps, flashcards, questions, key facts, definitions of keywords to assist revision.

ASSESSMENT

External examination-BY04 J

HOMEWORK

Independent revision for external examinations.