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A Level Biology

Term 1 - 2

Energy transfers in and between organisms

  • Photosynthesis
  • Respiration
  • Energy and Ecosystems
  • Nutrient cycles

Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments

  • Stimuli, both internal and external are detected and lead to a response 
  • Nervous coordination.
  • Skeletal muscles are stimulated to contract by nerves and act as effectors
  • Homeostasis is the maintenance of a stable internal environment
Term 3 - 4

Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems

  • Inheritance
  • Populations
  • Populations in ecosystems         

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
  • Gene technologies allow the study and alteration of gene function allowing a better understanding of organism function and the design of new industrial and medical processes
Term 5 Revision and exam preactice 

A Level Chemistry

Term 1
  • Optical isomerism

  • Aldehydes and Ketones

  • Thermodynamics

  • Acids and bases

Term 2
  • Carboxylic acids and derivatives

  • Aromatic chemistry

  • Electrode potentials and electrochemical cells

  • Transition metals

Term 3
  • Amines

  • Polymers

  • Amino acids, proteins and DNA

  • Rate equations

  • Equilibrium constant

Term 4
  • Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy

  • Chromatography

  • Organic synthesis

  • Reactions of ions in aqueous solution

  • Properties of period 3 elements and their oxides​​​​​​​

Term 5

Revision and exam practice