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AS’ LEVEL BIOLOGY -  INTRODUCTION

 

Your decision to study Biology at ‘AS’ level is in itself an indication of your commitment to the subject. Your commitment will certainly be tested during this ‘AS’ level course and you will find, as in so many other activities, that the more you are prepared to put into the subject, the more you will enjoy and gain from it. 

You will soon find that your ‘AS’ level study techniques require far more SELF-DISCIPLINE and ORGANISATION than was the case at G.C.S.E. and it is hoped that these introductory notes will help you to settle to an efficient and effective routine which will enhance your appreciation of the subject, enable you to achieve a grade consistent with your ability, and serve you well in any future studies.

 One of the secrets of success lies in your ability to organise your work and study effectively on your own. In this respect you will find that your energies fall into the following categories:

 

                        REVIEW of notes taken in lessons

                        WRITE UPS of practical work

                        READING your text books

                        NOTE MAKING from extra sources (books, web, periodicals)

    WRITING answers to the set essays – these should be no longer than one side of A4

                        REVISING at the end of each topic

 

The Golden Rule is:     NEVER FEEL THAT YOU HAVE NOTHING TO DO!

 

If you have completed all written assignments, reading and note making, then you can take the opportunity to review the work again. It is by this sort of consistent and thorough reappraisal that an increasing proportion of knowledge is committed to your long-term memory.

It is common knowledge that you will only remember 10% of what you read or were told 48 hours earlier. It is by effective revision that you will increase the extent of your factual knowledge by committing subject matter to your long-term memory.

                                              

Note making:     The objective is NOT to rewrite the textbook. Under appropriate headings and subheadings (underlined), make short phrases and words which will serve as memory joggers. Also helpful are simple flow diagrams, annotated diagrams, memory maps, sketches etc.

 Remember that BREVITY combined with INFORMATION is the objective. Get it? Got it. Good

 Don’t let assignments of work accumulate – deal with them as promptly as possible, and inform your teacher if you foresee problems.

 In reviewing notes from lessons and books, remember to ask your teacher about anything you have not understood.

 Try to train yourself to the suggestions outlined above as soon as possible. It will take a week or so of perseverance to achieve the objective but to do so will prove to be an invaluable discipline for the future.

 

    The Table below shows your Syllabus Outline for the Year. We will try to stick to it as closely as possible, therefore you must use it to 'plan ahead' and not get caught out by essay deadlines!                                                                                                       

Week

Teacher 1

How Science Works (F213)

Teacher 2

How Science Works (F213)

1

F211 Intro work

 

F211 Intro work

 

2

Microscopy – mag, scale, resolution

 

Exchange surfaces – lung structure

 

Q1 SA/Vol

Q2 diagrams

3

Cytology

 

Spirometer

Q1 data

4

Organelles

 

Transport in animals

 

5

Cell membranes

Q1 Temp. effects

 

 

6

Membrane transport

Q1 WP in plants

Heart structure

Q2 dissection

7

Osmosis pracs

 

Heart function

 

HALF TERM

8

 

Q2 Root tip squash

Blood - Hb

Q2  blood vessels

9

Cell Division

 

 

 

10

Stem cells

 

Transport in plants

 

11

Tissues

 

Transpiration

potometer

12

Start Biomolecules?

 

Translocation

 

13

Mock F211

 

Mock F211

 

14

 

Evaluative ISA 1?

 

ISA?

XMAS

15

2.1.1 (10 hrs) Biomolecules

AS Unit F212

2.2.1 (12hrs) Diet

 

16

EXAMS F211

17

 

 

 

 

18

Enzymes

 

Food Production

 

19

 

Q1 Rate

 

 

20

 

 

 

 

21

 

 

Health and Disease

 

HALF TERM

22

2.1.2 (8 hrs) Nucleic Acids

 

Q1 Indep. variables

 

Q2 white cells

23

 

Q1 Inhibitor

 

 

24

DNA Protein synthesis

 

2.3.1  (6 hrs) Biodiversity

 

25

2.3.3  ( 10 hrs)

Evolution+Variation

 

 

 

26

 

Enzyme ISA?

2.3.2 ( 6 hrs) Classification

Q1 Simpson’s (D)

27

 

 

 

 

EASTER

28

 

 

 

 

29

2.3.4 ( 5 hrs each ) Maintaining Biodiversity

 

2.3.4 ( 5 hrs each) Maintaining Biodiversity

 

30

 

 

 

 

31

Mock F213

 

Mock F213

 

32

Study Leave

HALF TERM

33

EXAMS F213

Start A2 Course

34

35

 

 

 

 

36

Homeostasis

Q2 Pancreas

Nerves

 

37

 

Q2 Kidney

 

 

38

 

 

 

 

39

 

 

 

 

 

Hormones

 

Respiration

 

 

Excretion

 

Photosynthesis

 

 

 

 

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