The King's School Grantham

Isaac Newton's School

    Year 13 Curriculum

    The A2 course builds on the skills and understanding developed from AS level.  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

    ·         Apply knowledge and understanding of more than one area to a particular situation

    ·         Bring together biological knowledge and understanding from different areas of the subject

    Key topics to be taught this year:

    Autumn Term

    Topic

    Further details about the topic

    1

    Energy and ecosystems

    Inheritance

    Energy transfer and nutrient cycles

    Genetic crosses

    2

    Response to stimuli

    Populations and evolution

    Populations in ecosystems

    Plant growth factors, receptors and nervous system

    Natural selection and speciation

     

     

     

    Spring Term

     

     

    1

    Nervous system

    Gene expression

    Nerve impulse and muscle contraction

    Regulation of transcription and translation

    2

    Homeostasis

     

    Recombinant DNA technology

    Control of blood glucose, blood water potential and body temperature

    Gene cloning, sequencing and  genetic fingerprinting

     

     

     

    Summer Term

     

     

    1

    Revision

    Revision

    2

    N/A

    N/A

    Assessments:

    Autumn Term

    Topic

    Type of Assessment

    CAT 1

    Photosynthesis, respiration, energy and ecosystems and inheritance

    Exam style questions

     

     

     

    Spring Term

     

     

    CAT 2

    Response to stimuli populations

    Exam style questions

     

     

     

    Summer Term

     

     

    CAT 3

    Various A Level questions

    Mock Exam

    Main Resources:

    Resource

    Details 

    Term

    Text books

    AQA A Level Biology (OUP)

    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, A4 lined paper and folders

    All

    Enrichment opportunities:

    Activity

    Term

    Revision sessions

    From April