Biology A Level at Bethnal Green Academy
Unit 1: Lifestyle, Transport, Genes and Health
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.
Unit 2: Development, Plants and the Environment
Cell structure and ultra-structure of eukaryote and prokaryote cells; cell specialisation; 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.
Unit 3: Biology and Research Skills
A report of between 1500 and 2000 words, either a record of a visit to a site of biological interest or a report of research into a biological topic.
Unit 4: The Natural Environment and Species Survival
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 (eg. AIDS and TB) and immunology.
Unit 5: Energy, Exercise and Coordination
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.
Unit 6: Practical Biology and Investigative Skills
Students will complete a written report of an experimental investigation, which they have devised and carried out. This work will be carried out at a field centre on the Isle or Arran.
2 Grade B GCSEs in Dual Science
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