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Biology at Bellerive FCJ Catholic College

Course description

AS Unit 1 covers the way in which disease affects the systems of the body. This requires a thorough study of cells and the biochemistry of food and digestion. The structure and function of the lungs and heart are covered and the diseases which can affect them. The methods used by the body to fight disease are studied at length.

AS Unit 2 starts with a study of variation in organisms and the methods used to measure variation. DNA structure and function are covered in depth and the variation that exists in biological molecules and cells builds on from the work covered in unit 1. The adaptations of the exchange systems in organisms such as insects, fish and plants are studied and how evolution contributes to variety is covered by considering antibiotic resistance in bacteria.

A2 Unit 4 covers the study of populations including field work, the biochemistry of respiration and photosynthesis, energy flow in ecosystems, the carbon and

nitrogen cycles and the process of succession. Inheritance and natural selection complete this unit.

A2 Unit 5 covers the way organisms detect and respond to stimuli. The structure and function of the nervous system and the effectors of the body are studied in depth. The mechanisms of homeostasis are covered including controlling body temperature, blood glucose level and the oestrus cycle. A detailed study of DNA and DNA technology completes this unit.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above at GCSE Biology or two B grades in GCSE Sciences.

Good skills in Chemistry and Mathematics are desirable.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bellerive FCJ Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 03 June 2014

Key information

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