The King's School Grantham

Isaac Newton's School

    Year 12 Curriculum

    The AS course builds on the skills and understanding developed from GCSE.  Students must be able to:

    ·         Describe and explain facts and processes in detail and with accuracy

    ·         Apply what they have learned.

    ·         Interpret new information

    ·         Analyse experimental data

    ·         Evaluating information

    Key topics to be taught this year:

    Autumn Term

    Topic

    Further details about the topic

    1

    Biological molecules

    Cell structure

    Transport across cell membranes

    Immune system

    Carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids and enzymes

    Animal, plant and bacterial cells

    Diffusion, osmosis and active transport

    Spring Term

     

     

    1

    Genetic variation

    Exchange

    DNA, genes and genetic diversity

    Gas exchange in plants and animals

    Summer Term

     

     

    1

    Transport

    Transport in plants and animals

    2

    Post exams

    Respiration and photosynthesis

     

    Assessments:

    Autumn Term

    Topic

    Type of Assessment

    CAT 1

    Cell structure and biological molecules (carbohydrates, lipids)

    Microscopy and eukaryotic  structure and function

    Exam style questions

    Spring Term

     

     

    CAT 2

    Cell structure and biological molecules including carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids.

    Mitosis and the cell cycle

    Exam style questions
    Summer Term    

    CAT 3

    All topics covered so far

    Mock Exam

    Main Resources:

    Resource

    Details (names, web address etc.)

    Term (1,2,3,4,5,6 or All)

    Text books

    AQA AS Biology (Nelson Thornes)

    All

    Recommended reading

    Bad Science by Ben Goldacre

    Biological Sciences Review (need to subscribe for the year)

    New Scientist

    The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins

    The Double Helix by James Watson

    Genome by Matt Ridley

    All

    Recommended websites

    www.kerboodle.com (online resource accessible for all students with a username and password provided by school)

    www.aqa.org.uk (follow the links for A level Biology)

    www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/

    See induction booklet for all other websites for particular topics

    All

    Equipment

    Pens, pencils, rulers, calculator,

    All

    Enrichment opportunities:

    Activity

    Term

    Revision sessions

    From April