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Biology A Level at Bethnal Green Academy

Course description

AS Level

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.

A2 Level

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.

Entry requirements

2 Grade B GCSEs in Dual Science

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 March 2015

Key information

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