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Biology A Level at Tollbar Academy

Course description

Year 12 (3 Units):
• Structure and function of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins; enzyme action;
• Structure and properties of cell membranes; passive and active transport;
• Structure and role of DNA and RNA;
• Replication; protein synthesis;
• Monohybrid inheritance;
• Gene mutations;
• Principles of gene therapy; social and ethical issues;
• Cell structure and ultrastructure of eukaryot and Prokaryote cells: cell
• The role of meiosis;
• Genotype and environmental influence;
• Stem cell research and its implications;
• Biodiversity, adaptations and natural selection;
• Principles of taxonomy;
• Plant cell structure;
• Transport of water in plants;
• Uses of plant products;
• Students will write a report of between 1500 and 2000 words of research into a
biological topic.
Year 13 (3 Units):
• Photosynthesis; energy transfer within ecosystems;
• Evidence for global warming;
• Evolution through natural selection and Speciation;
• Nutrient recycling;
• DNA profiling and PCR;
• Structure of bacteria and viruses;
• Infectious diseases and immunology;
• ATP, glycolysis, anaerobic/aerobic respiration;
• Control and functioning of heart; ventilation and cardiac output;
• Homeostasis;
• The nervous system;
• Impact of exercise on body, and improving performance;
• Hormonal coordination;
• Brain structure and development;
• Imbalances in brain chemicals;
• Human Genome Project.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tollbar Academy directly.

Last updated date: 05 November 2014

Key information

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