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6th Form Curriculum Guide - Year 13 Biology
Term 1Homeostasis & Communication   
   It is important that organisms, both plants and animals are able to respond to stimuli. This is achieved by communication within the body, which may be chemical and/or electrical. Both systems are covered in detail in this module. Communication is also fundamental to homeostasis with control of temperature, blood sugar and blood water potential being studied as examples.
Assessment: Students will sit a 40 minute exam based on past paper questions. Learners are expected to apply knowledge, understanding and other skills developed in this module to new situations and/or to solve related problemsKey Words and Terms
 
Term 2Energy for Biological Processes   
In this module, the biochemical pathways of photosynthesis and respiration are considered, with an emphasis on the formation and use of ATP as the source of energy for biochemical processes and synthesis of biological molecules.
Assessment: Students will be given a 40 minute assessment based on past paper questions. Learners are expected to apply knowledge, understanding and other skills developed in this module to new situations and/or to solve related problems.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Genetics & Evolution   
This module covers the role of genes in regulating and controlling cell function and development. Heredity and the mechanisms of evolution and speciation are also covered.
Assessment: Students will be given a 40 minute assessment based on past paper questions. Learners are expected to apply knowledge, understanding and other skills developed in this module to new situations and/or to solve related problems.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Ecosystems   
Learners gain an appreciation of the role of microorganisms in recycling materials within the environment and maintaining balance within ecosystems. The need to conserve environmental resources in a sustainable fashion is considered, whilst appreciating the potential conflict arising from the needs of an increasing human population. Learners also consider the impacts of human activities on the natural environment and biodiversity.
Assessment: Students will be given a 40 minute assessment based on past paper questions. Learners are expected to apply knowledge, understanding and other skills developed in this module to new situations and/or to solve related problems.Key Words and Terms
 

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