Why do an Easter Revision course in Biology at Ashbourne?
The Biology Easter Revision course at Ashbourne will be taught by Amy Harper-Tarr. Amy is our Head of Natural Sciences and also runs the Ashbourne College Medical School programme, supporting AS and A2 students who wish to go on to study Medicine and Dentistry. Easter Revision students will benefit from her incisive teaching and her attention to the needs of individual students, which is a key feature of the Easter Revision programme at Ashbourne.
There will be revision of the following areas:
Module 1 – Development of Practical Skills in Biology
You will learn how to plan and carry out practical experiments and analyse and evaluate the results.
Module 2 – Foundations in Biology
All living organisms contain cells, each performing their own unique tasks from carrying oxygen around the body and defending against invading bacteria to sending messages, converting energy and making other cells. In this module you will examine, in microscopic detail, the structure, make-up and function of cells in a variety of living organisms. Topics covered in this module are cell structure, biological molecules, nucleotides and nucleic acids, enzymes, biological membranes, cell division, cell diversity and cellular organisation.
Module 3 – Exchange and Transport
Organisms harness the materials around them to grow and survive. Plants absorb water and minerals, which they convert to energy or food. Animals, including humans, exchange gases to breathe. This module examines the structure and function of gas exchange and transport systems in animals and plants, and how exchange surface area affects the efficiency of these exchanges. Topics covered in this module are exchange surfaces, transport in animals and transport in plants.
Module 4 – Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease
This is your introduction to ecology: how do organisms interact with their environment? You will discover just how diverse organisms are, find out how they are classified, examine how they have evolved and what mechanisms they have developed to fight disease. You will also discuss the importance of protecting the natural environment in order to maintain biodiversity. The topics covered in this module are biodiversity, classification and evolution, communicable diseases, disease prevention and the immune system.
Module 5 – Communication, Homeostasis and Energy
Plants and animals use internal chemical and electrical communication systems to respond to stimuli. Communication plays a vital role in homeostasis, which is how the body controls conditions such as temperature and blood sugar level. For example, the pancreas releases the chemical insulin to control blood sugar levels. Topics in this module are communication and homeostasis, excretion as an example of homeostatic control, neuronal communication, hormonal communication, plant and animal responses, photosynthesis and respiration.
Module 6 – Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems
This is where you delve into controversial topics such as genetic engineering of super crops and manipulating DNA to produce clones like Dolly the sheep, de-extinct dinosaurs or use stem cells to prevent illness. You will also consider how clearing rainforests to farm animals, producing unsustainable amounts of waste and overuse of natural resources, may bring about further conflict as they affect the balance of ecosystems that support an ever growing human population. Topics in this module are cellular control, patterns of inheritance, the manipulation of genomes, ecosystems, cloning and biotechnology, and populations and sustainability.