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Year 12 Curriculum

Subject Area:  Biology

Year 1 of the 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, enzymes

Animal, plant and bacterial cells

Diffusion, osmosis, active transport

 

 

Spring Term

 

 

1

Genetic variation

 

Exchange

DNA, genes, 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

CAT 2

Cell structure and biological molecules including:

carbohydrates, lipids, proteins and nucleic acids

Mitosis and the cell cycle

Exam style questions

Spring Term

 

 

CAT 3

All topics covered so far

Mock Exam

 

 

 

Summer Term

 

 

CAT 4

N/A

N/A

Main Resources:

Resource

Details

 

Term

 

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

Day and time or term

Revision sessions

From April

 

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