Biology at A-level is an exciting and in-depth look at how life works; how the molecules that make up all living things are constructed & work together and how whole organisms and communities are adapted to survive. This subject is ideal for students with a fascination with living things & a keen, enquiring and analytical mind. I will encourage you NOT to study this subject if you solely need Biology for university/career (e.g. medicine) without love or interest for it – therein lies failure and a fast route to repeating year 12.
Explore how chemical elements make up all the essential molecules that permit life! Analyse the structure and function of proteins and how they interact within the body. Investigate the chemical nature of DNA & explore how DNA replicates within cells. Describe the structure of lipids & carbohydrates and explain why water has such weird properties which make it essential for life.
Observe, describe and draw living cells and their microscopic organelles. See the difference between eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells; investigating how each is able to reproduce. Analyse how microorganisms can infect a larger organism and how that organism’s immune system is designed to deal with the invaders.
Investigate how both plants and animals are built to be able to transport materials around their bodies effectively & efficiently including the function of the respiratory and circulatory systems in animals and the mass transport systems in plants. Explore how processes such as diffusion govern the structure of exchange organs including the digestive system and the lungs.
Explore how DNA codes for features of all organisms and is able to construct proteins via ribosomes. Analyse how mutations arise and how this is essential for providing variation in life; thus explaining the mystery of how evolution occurs. Investigate evolution in its scope for sculpting new beings, providing the diversity of life and how biodiversity is important.
Explaining how and why organisms respond to changes in their internal & external environment, and how achieve this response. Investigating how a nerve transmits a signal, how hormones govern internal messaging and how the body achieves a constant internal environment.
Analysing the close link between the genetic and proteomic structures of organisms to investigate their degree of relatedness in evolutionary history. Identification of species and being able to say how populations change over time in order to evolve into separate species, and how competition between organisms can shape these interactions.
An in-depth look into how the genetic code can be manipulated in order to achieve different outcomes such as cell differentiation. Explore how epigenetic factors can modify which genes are expressed and how mutations alter the underlying genetic code. Apply this knowledge to see how DNA can be artificially manipulated in order to produce genetically modified organisms or to identify individuals through DNA analysis.