Year 1 Units
Section 1 - Biological molecules:
Monomers and polymers, Carbohydrates, Lipids, Proteins, Structure of DNA and RNA, ATP, Water and Inorganic ions.
Section 2 - Cells:
Structure of eukaryotic cells, Structure of prokaryotic cells and of viruses, Methods of studying cells, All cells arise from other cells, Transport across cell membranes and Cell recognition and the immune system.
Section 3 - Organisms exchange substances with their environment:
Surface area to volume ratio, Gas exchange, Digestion and absorption, Mass transport in animals and Mass transport in plants.
Section 4 - Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms:
DNA, genes and chromosomes, DNA and protein synthesis, Genetic diversity can arise as a result of mutation or during meiosis, Genetic diversity and adaptation, Species and taxonomy, Biodiversity within a community and Investigating diversity.
Year 2 Units
Section 5 - Energy transfers in and between organisms:
Photosynthesis, Respiration, Energy and ecosystems and Nutrient cycles.
Section 6 - Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments:
Survival and response, Survival and response, Receptors, Control of heart rate, Nerve impulses, Synaptic transmission, Skeletal muscles are stimulated to contract by nerves and act as effectors and Homeostasis is the maintenance of a stable internal environment
Section 7 - Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems:
Inheritance, Populations, Evolution may lead to speciation and Populations in ecosystems.
Section 8 - The control of gene expression:
Alteration of the sequence of bases in DNA can alter the structure of proteins, Gene expression is controlled by a number of features, Using genome projects, Recombinant DNA technology and Genetic fingerprinting.