Unit 1: Lifestyle, Transport, Genes and Health
Topic 1 introduces the risks to health, our perception of risk and how our genetics and lifestyle choices can increase our risk of developing cardiovascular diseases such as atherosclerosis, CHD and Stroke.
Topic 2 introduces how changes in our DNA can lead to genetic diseases, using the example of Cystic Fibrosis.
Unit 2: Development Plants and the Environment
Topic 3 looks at gamete structure and function and their role in fertilisation.
Topic 4 will allow you to consider the importance of the biodiversity on Earth and how it came about. There is particular emphasis on how humans have relied on plants throughout history.
Unit 3: The Natural Environment and Species Survival
In Topic 5, we critically evaluate the evidence for climate change and its impacts on ecosystems. The molecular biology of photosynthesis and how the biochemical energy made by plants filters through the ecosystem. Topic 6 looks at how a dead body can provide evidence for forensic biologists as they try to identify a person and decide how and when they died.
Unit 4: Energy, Exercise and Co-ordination
Topic 7 looks at joints, movement and the detailed mechanism of muscle contraction. Respiration and the various energy systems that supply energy to muscles is studied. Topic 8 looks at visual perception, both the detection of light by the retina and the development of vision in young animals. The structures and functions of the different brain regions and the use of imaging techniques is studied.
PAPER 1 Units 1,2,3 2hours 100marks 33.3% of Overall Grade
PAPER 2 Units 1,2,4 2hours 100marks 33.3% of Overall Grade
PAPER 3 Units 1,2,3,4 2hours 100marks 33.3% of Overall Grade
Grades 666 in Separate Sciences
Grades 66 in Combined Science PLUS Grade 6 in Mathematics
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Why would this course suit me?
Are you naturally curious about understanding how biological systems work? Are you passionate about the natural world? If the answer is ‘yes’, and you meet the course requirements, then this course could be for you! Biology is the link between the physical and social sciences and a subject respected and desired by universities.
The Russell Group of Universities name Biology among its list of ‘facilitating subjects’.
How does this course link to other subjects?
Other subjects that traditionally complement the study of Biology include: Chemistry, Geography, Mathematics, Psychology, Physics and Physical Education / Sport BTEC. However, when paired with other subjects, such as English, Art, History or Languages, it can lead