A Level Biology – Programme of Study

Biology Edexcel Level 3 Advanced GCE in Biology

Year 12

DatesNo of weeksNo of lessons Topics coveredAssessment tasks
Sept-Oct742Topic 1: Biological Molecules Carbohydrates, Lipids, and Proteins
Inorganic ions and water
DNA and protein synthesis
Enzymes
Core practical 1 – Rate of enzyme controlled reactions
Consolidation worksheets, past examination questions, individual research tasks. Write up Practical tasks including Core practical on Rate of reaction.
Oct-Dec742Topic 2: Cells, Viruses and Reproduction of Living Things
Eukaryotic and prokaryotic cell structure
Basic microscopes
Viruses
Eukaryotic cell cycle and division
Sexual reproduction in mammals
Sexual reproduction in plants
Core practical 2 – Pollen tube growth
Consolidation worksheets, past examination questions, individual research tasks. Write up Practical tasks including Core practical on Pollen tube growth.
Jan-Feb636Topic 4: Exchange and Transport
Cell transport mechanisms
Core practical 5 – Beetroot mechanisms
Core practical 6 – Water potential of plant tissues
Surface area to volume ratio
Gas exchange
Core practical 7 – Insect dissection to investigate gas exchange structures
Circulatory system
Consolidation worksheets, past examination questions, individual research tasks. Write up Practical tasks including Core practicals on Membrane permeability, Water Potential and Insect dissection.
Feb-Mar 424Topic 4 continued:
Transport of gases in blood
Transfer of materials between circulatory systems and cells
Transport in plants
Core practical 8 – Using a potometer to measure rate of water uptake
Consolidation worksheets, past examination questions, individual research tasks. Write up Practical tasks including Core practical on Rate of Water Uptake.
Apr-May 848Topic 3: Classification and Biodiversity
Classification
Natural Selection
Biodiversity
Topic 5: Energy for Biological Processes
Aerobic respiration
Glycolysis
Link reaction and Krebs cycle
Oxidative phosphorylation
Anaerobic respiration
Core pratical 9 – Measuring rates of respiration
Consolidation worksheets, past examination questions, individual research tasks. Write up Practical tasks including Core practical on Rates of Respiration.
Jun-Jul424Topic 5 continued
Photosynthesis
Photosynthetic pigments
Core practical 10 – Investigating the Effect of Light on the Rate of Photosynthesis
Core practical 11 – Chromatogram of chlorophyll
Consolidation worksheets, past examination questions, individual research tasks. Write up Practical tasks including Core practicals on The effect of light on Photosynthesis and Chromatogram of chlorophyll