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A Level Biology at Kirk Hallam Community Academy

Course description

 Topic 1: Biological Molecules
Study of biologically important molecules including carbohydrates, lipids and proteins, DNA and protein
synthesis, enzymes, inorganic ions and water.
 Topic 2 : Cells, Viruses and Reproduction of Living Things
Structure of cells, viruses, cell division, sexual reproduction in mammals and plants.
 Topic 3 : Classification and Biodiversity
Classification, natural selection, biodiversity.
 Topic 4 : Exchange and Transport
Cell transport mechanisms, gas exchange, mammalian circulation, transport of gases in the blood, transfer of
materials between the circulatory system and cells, transport in plants.
 Topic 5 : Energy for Biological Processes
Aerobic respiration, glycolysis, link reaction and Krebs cycle, oxidative phosphorylation, anaerobic respiration,
photosynthetic pigments, photosynthesis.
 Topic 6 : Microbiology and Pathogens
Microbial techniques, bacteria as pathogens, action of antibiotics, antibiotic resistance, other pathogenic
agents, problems of controlling endemic diseases, response to infection.
 Topic 7: Modern Genetics
Using base sequencing, factors affecting gene expression, gene technology.
 Topic 8: Origins of Genetic Variation
Transfer of genetic information, gene pools.
 Topic 9: Control systems
Chemical control in animals and plants, osmoregulation, nervous system and nervous transmission, effect of
drugs on the nervous system, detection of light by and control of heart rate in mammals.
 Topic 10: Ecosystems
The nature of ecosystems, energy transfer through ecosystems. changes in ecosystems, human effects on
ecosystems, conservation.

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade C or above and a minimum of 2 B grades in GCSE Science subjects and at least a grade C grade in GCSE Maths.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kirk Hallam Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 26 November 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years