A Level Biology
- Week 1: Monday 3 April – Friday 7 April
- Week 2: Monday 10 April – Friday 14 April
- Week 3: Monday 17 April – Friday 21 April
(Good Friday is 7 April 2023; Easter Monday is 10 April 2023)
Suitable for all boards.
Length of Course
Five full days, 40 hours total.
9.00am to 12.30pm or 1.00pm to 4.30pm daily.
The course covers the following topics that are common to all specifications, but students should check carefully that sessions are relevant to their own particular studies:
Topic 1 – Biological Molecules and Cells:
Carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and enzymes. Cell structure, transport across membranes and microscopy.
Topic 2 – Nucleic Acids, Protein Synthesis and Cell Division:
Structure of DNA and RNA and DNA replication. Protein synthesis and The genetic code. The Cell cycle, mitosis and meiosis.
Topic 3 – Exchange Surfaces and Transport Systems in Plants and Animals:
Gas exchange in mammals and fish. Haemoglobin and the circulatory system. Transport in the xylem and the phloem.
Topic 4 – Health and Disease:
Pathogens and the immune response. Vaccination and monoclonal antibodies.
Topic 5 – Biodiversity and Evolution:
Biodiversity and species diversity. Classification and taxonomy. Natural selection.
Topic 6 – Genetics and Gene Technology:
Inheritance. Genetic engineering and genetic fingerprinting. The control of gene expression.
Topic 7 – Photosynthesis and Respiration:
Light dependent and independent stages of photosynthesis. Aerobic and anaerobic respiration.
Topic 8 – Homeostasis:
Negative feedback and the control of blood glucose. Kidneys and the control of blood water potential. The control of heart rate.
Topic 9 – Nervous Control:
Structure of motor neurones and the action potential. Structure and function of synapses and reflex arcs. Muscle contraction.
Topic 10 – Environment, Ecology and Speciation:
Natural selection and speciation. Nutrient Cycles and energy flow in ecosystems. Ecosystems, succession and ecological techniques.
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