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Biology

Welcome to A level Biology. Here are some resources to get you started and some tasks for you to complete for your first Biology lesson in Year 12. You will be studying AQA Biology – specification reference 7402. We will be starting with Units 1 and 2.

The website for Biology is https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/science/as-and-a-level/biology-7401-7402

It’s really useful to have a copy of the specification in your folder if you are able to print one off. https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/biology/specifications/AQA-7401-7402-SP-2015.PDF

 

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Biological Science Review

This magazine is written to support students studying Biology A Level. It is full of interesting articles and we encourage you to read it by incorporating specific articles into our student workbooks. It is also available in the library. Here is a link to some additional articles. https://www.hoddereducation.co.uk/magazines/magazines-extras/biological-sciences-review-extras

 

CGP - A Headstart to A Level Biology

This book explores some of the topics covered at GCSE and A level

https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/secondary-books/as-and-a-level/science/biology/bbr71-head-start-to-a-level-biology

 

CGP  - A level Revision Guide

This is equivalent to the revision guide you used at GCSE. Please do not feel that you need to go out and buy this – we will be offering an opportunity for you to buy it through school using preferential rates.

https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/secondary-books/as-and-a-level/science/biology/bar73-new-a-level-biology-aqa-year-1-2-comple

 

Reading List

Some books to read

 Bill Bryson: A Short History of Nearly Everything

James Watson: DNA: The Secret of Life

 Richard Dawkins: The Selfish Gene

 Charles Darwin: The origin of species

Please also see the attachment in the Related Document section below for the Biology KS5 reading list.

BBC - Science and Environment Section https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science_and_environment

TED Talks cover some fascinating topics

https://www.ted.com/topics/biology

New Scientist – a weekly Science magazine

https://www.newscientist.com/

Biology Mad is a handy revision site http://www.biologymad.com/master.html?http://www.biologymad.com/usefulwebsites/usefulwebsites.htm

Amoeba Sisters Videos – easy to follow videos on A level Biology topics

https://www.youtube.com/user/AmoebaSisters

 

ALL students need to complete the following tasks. Please print off and hand in on your first lesson back in September. Remember to put your name on each piece of paper:

1. Ted talk presentation

2. Pre knowledge topics

3. Sign up to a MOOC

4. Baseline assessment.

 

There are several other optional tasks at the back of the pack which you can complete if you wish.