Biology

Yr12 AQA AS Biology (New Specification) –  Paper 1 (50% of AS Grade) Paper 2 (50% of AS Grade)
Yr13 AQA A2 Biology  Paper 3 (20% of A2 grade) , Paper 4 (20% of A2 grade) and Investigative Practical Sills Assessment (10% of GCSE grade)

 

Year 12

Term 1
Key Learning Objectives Know and understand despite their great variety, the cells of all living organisms contain only a few groups of carbon-based compounds that interact in similar ways. Know and understand all life on Earth exists as cells. These have basic features in common. Differences between cells are due to the addition of extra features. This provides indirect evidence for evolution.
Key Activities / Homework’s Learners will complete lessons which feature a large range of tasks such as exam questions, group work, presentations and practical techniques. In this section of the course learners will investigate enzyme action for their practical endorsement. Homework – all learners will be given a homework pack to be completed by the end of the topic.
Assessments After each topic learners will take an end of unit assessment which will identify their strengths and weaknesses in the topic.
Suggest reading & support materials AQA Biology Specification http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/biology/specifications/AQA-7401-7402-SP-2015-V1-0.PDF

Exam Papers http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/biology-7401-7402/assessment-resources

Revision http://portal.bradfordacademy.co.uk/subjectareas/scienceandhealth/Pages/scienceandhealth.aspx http://www.s-cool.co.uk/a-level/biology

 

 

Term 2
Key Learning Objectives Know and understand the internal environment of a cell or organism is different from its external environment. The exchange of substances between the internal and external environments takes place at exchange surfaces. To truly enter or leave an organism, most substances must cross cell plasma membranes.
Key Activities / Homework’s Learners will complete lessons which feature a large range of tasks such as exam questions, group work, presentations and practical techniques. In this section of the course learners will investigate mitosis in root cell and the permeability of cell surface membranes for their practical endorsement. Homework – all learners will be given a homework pack to be completed by the end of the topic.
Assessments After each topic learners will take an end of unit assessment which will identify their strengths and weaknesses in the topic.
Suggest reading & support materials AQA Biology Specification http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/biology/specifications/AQA-7401-7402-SP-2015-V1-0.PDF

Exam Papers http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/biology-7401-7402/assessment-resources

Revision http://portal.bradfordacademy.co.uk/subjectareas/scienceandhealth/Pages/scienceandhealth.aspx http://www.s-cool.co.uk/a-level/biology

 

Term 3
Key Learning Objectives Know and understand biological diversity – biodiversity – is reflected in the vast number of species of organisms, in the variation of individual characteristics. Know and understand a gene is a section of DNA located at a particular site on a DNA molecule. The base sequence of each gene carries the genetic code that determines the sequence of amino acids during protein synthesis. Know and understand genetic diversity within a species can be caused by gene mutation, chromosome mutation or random factors associated with meiosis and fertilisation. Know and understand variation within a species can be measured using differences in the base sequence of DNA or in the amino acid sequence of proteins.
Key Activities / Homework’s Learners will complete lessons which feature a large range of tasks such as exam questions, group work, presentations and practical techniques. In this section of the course learners will investigate the effect of antimicrobial substances on microbial growth. Homework – all learners will be given a homework pack to be completed by the end of the topic.
Assessments After each topic learners will take an end of unit assessment which will identify their strengths and weaknesses in the topic.
Suggest reading & support materials AQA Biology Specification http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/biology/specifications/AQA-7401-7402-SP-2015-V1-0.PDF

Exam Papers http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/biology-7401-7402/assessment-resources

Revision http://portal.bradfordacademy.co.uk/subjectareas/scienceandhealth/Pages/scienceandhealth.aspx http://www.s-cool.co.uk/a-level/biology

 

Year 13

Term 1
Key Learning Objectives Know and understand random sampling results in the collection of data which is unbiased and suitable for statistical analysis Know and understand ATP is the immediate source of energy for biological processes Know and understand limiting factors in photosynthesis Know and understand energy is transferred through ecosystems Know and understand chemical elements are recycled in ecosystems Know and understand genetic variation occurs within a species and geographic isolation leads to the accumulation of genetic difference in populations.
Key Activities / Homework’s Learners will complete lessons which feature a large range of tasks such as exam questions, group work, presentations and practical techniques.. Homework – all learners will be given a homework pack to be completed by the end of the topic.
Assessments After each topic learners will take an end of unit assessment which will identify their strengths and weaknesses in the topic.
Suggest reading & support materials AQA Biology Specification http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/specifications/alevel/AQA-2410-W-SP-14.PDF

Exam Papers http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/biology-2410/past-papers-and-mark-schemes

Revision http://portal.bradfordacademy.co.uk/subjectareas/scienceandhealth/Pages/scienceandhealth.aspx http://www.s-cool.co.uk/a-level/biology

Term 2
Key Learning Objectives Organisms regulate their internal environment and so maintain optimum conditions for their metabolism. • Animals respond to their internal and external environment as a result of stimulus perception, chemical and electrical coordination and a response by effectors. Plants respond to their external environment as a result of specific growth factors that regulate cell growth. • The genetic code is held in the base sequence of nucleic acids and determines the amino acid sequence of polypeptides produced by a cell. • Regulating gene expression enables a cell to control its own activities and development. • Scientists are able to manipulate gene expression for many agricultural, industrial and medical purposes. Understanding of these principles, together with
Key Activities / Homework’s Learners will complete lessons which feature a large range of tasks such as exam questions, group work, presentations and practical techniques.. Homework – all learners will be given a homework pack to be completed by the end of the topic.
Assessments After each topic learners will take an end of unit assessment which will identify their strengths and weaknesses in the topic.
Suggest reading & support materials AQA Biology Specification http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/specifications/alevel/AQA-2410-W-SP-14.PDF

Exam Papers http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/biology-2410/past-papers-and-mark-schemes

Revision http://portal.bradfordacademy.co.uk/subjectareas/scienceandhealth/Pages/scienceandhealth.aspx http://www.s-cool.co.uk/a-level/biology

 

Term 3
Key Learning Objectives Know and understand how to design a hypothesis Know and understand how to plan and research a investigation. Know and understand the variables within an investigation. Know and understand the importance of controlling variables within an investigation. Know and understand how to collect and record data. Know and understand how to present data and make valid conclusions. Know and understand how to statistically analyse data
Key Activities / Homework’s Learners will complete research into a hypothesis of their own design. The learners will safely carry out the investigation collecting reliable data. Learners will then present their data in a suitable format and draw conclusions from the data.
Assessments Learners will sit GCE controlled assessment exams at the end of the term. This piece of controlled assessment is worth 10% of the of the overall grade.
Suggest reading & support materials AQA Biology Specification http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/subjects/specifications/alevel/AQA-2410-W-SP-14.PDF

Exam Papers http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/biology-2410/past-papers-and-mark-schemes

Revision http://portal.bradfordacademy.co.uk/subjectareas/scienceandhealth/Pages/scienceandhealth.aspx http://www.s-cool.co.uk/a-level/biology ISA Help https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_b-CLPasdeU