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KS5: Biology Course Title: AQA Biology Grading: A*-E Course Overview: 1 – Biological Molecules and More Biological Molecules (Year 12) This section introduces Biological molecules that are common amongst living organisms. In later sections students build on this knowledge. Students will learn the importance of Carbohydrates, Lipids, Proteins, Nucleic acids and of course the most common component of cells – Water! 2 – Cell Structure and Division, Cell Membranes and Cells and the Immune System (Year 12) ‘All life on Earth exists as cells’. So students will learn about the basic features that all cells have in common, the way different types of cell reproduce, how they control the movement of substances in and out, how cells communicate between themselves, how they recognise ‘self’ or ‘foreign’ cells, and how they are important in disease. 3 – Exchange Systems and Transports Systems (Year 12) In this section, students will learn the importance of size and surface area, how gas exchange surfaces are adapted, the effects of lung disease, how amazing haemoglobin is, the structure of the heart and circulatory system, cardiovascular disease and not forgetting plants – how do substances move around plants? 4 – DNA, RNA and Protein Synthesis, Diversity and Selection and Classification (Year 12) Every living organisms uses the same genetic code. Students will learn about this genetic code and what makes different organisms different to one another. Students will build upon this to study how to measure the differences between organisms. 5 – Photosynthesis and Respiration, Energy Transfer and Nutrient Cycles (Year 13) ‘Life depends on continuous transfers of energy’ and students will study the flow of energy from the Sun, through plants and other photosynthetic organisms along food chains. Students will calculate the efficiency of energy transfer. 6 – Stimuli and Responses, Nervous Coordination and Homeostasis (Year 13) In this section, students will study the importance of the nervous system in detecting and responding to stimuli. They will also study another form of communication involving hormones. Students will learn how both communication systems are involved in maintaining a stable internal environment. 7 – Genetics, Populations and Evolution, and Populations in Ecosystems (Year 13) Students will learn how the ‘theory of Evolution underpins modern Biology’. This includes a common ancestry, a ‘universal’ genetic code, genetic drift and natural selection, populations, and Ecosystems. 8 – Mutations and Gene Expression, Genome Projects and Gene Technologies (Year 13) This section builds upon section 4. Students will learn how the metabolic activities within the cell are regulated by its’ genes, how humans are learning to control the expression of genes, and the use of DNA technology to diagnose and treat human diseases. External Assessment: AS (to be assessed at the end of year 12) Paper 1: Sections 1-4 including any relevant practical skills 1 hr 30, in the Summer of Y12 (50% AS) 75 marks of short and long answer questions. 65 marks: Short answer questions 10 marks: Comprehension questions Paper 2: Sections 1-4 including any relevant practical skills 1 hr 30, in the Summer of Y12 (50% AS) 75 marks of short and long answer questions. 65 marks: Short answer questions 10 marks: Comprehension questions A2 (to be assessed at the end of year 13) Paper 1: Sections 1-4 including any relevant practical skills 2 hrs in the Summer of Y13 (35% A Level each) 91 marks of short, long, and extended response questions. 76 marks: mixture of short and long answer questions 15 marks: extended response questions. Paper 2: Sections 5-8 including any relevant practical skills 2 hrs in the Summer of Y13 (35% A Level) 91 marks of short, long, and extended response questions. 76 marks: mixture of short and long answer questions 15 marks: extended response questions. Paper 3: Sections 1-8 including any relevant practical skills 2hrs in the Summer Y13 (30% A Level) 78 marks of various question styles. 38 marks: structured questions, including practical techniques 15 marks: critical analysis of given experimental data 25 marks: one essay from a choice of two titles Internal Assessment: Ongoing written assessments of the course content and also 12 ‘required practicals’ that will assess the students understanding of experimental and investigative skills. Examination Board: AQA
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