GCSE AQA Biology - Curriculum Map

Plan of lesson topics: weeks may vary slightly depending on class needs and availability of equipment

Week Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
Week 1 Types of cells Lifestyle, health and risk factors of disease Sexual and asexual reproduction and Meiosis
Week 2 Plant microscopy Cancer & topic revision DNA and understanding the human genome (Sep) advantages and disadvantages of sexual and asexual reproduction
Week 3 Compare eukaryotes with prokaryotes End of topic test and Infectios diseases Genetic inheritance and monohybrid crosses (Sep) Protein synthesis
Week 4 Adaptations of specialised cells 4 types of infections and looking into Malaria Monohybrid crosses and genetic disorders
Week 5 Cell differentiation and stem cells Defence from infection Determining sex and variation
Week 6 Comparing types of microscopes Vaccination Evolution and mutation
Week 7 Revision and Assessment week Revision and Assessment week Revision and Assessment week
Half Term Half Term Half Term Half Term
Week 8 Size of organisms down a microscope Antibiotics, painkillers and drug discovery Selective breeding and genetic modification (Sep) Evolution
Week 9 Diffusion and surface area to volume ration Drug discovery and End of unit assessment Benfits and risks of genetic engineering
Week 10 Diffusion and surface area to volume ration Photosynthesis, leaf structure and rate of photosynthesis Fossils and extinction
Week 11 Osmosis and required practical Required practical and rate limiting effects Antibiotic resistant bacteria and revision (Sep) Cloning, Mendel and Inheritance
Week 12 Osmosis and required practical Uses of glucose from photosynthesis and minerals for grpwth End of unit test and mock revision
Week 13 Active transport Maximising photosynthesis in greenhouses and plant tissues and organs. Transpiration Mock GCSE exams
Week 14 Revision and Assessment week Revision and Assessment week Review of exams / Personal targets
Christmas Holiday Christmas Christmas Christmas
Christmas Holiday Christmas Christmas Christmas
Week 15 What chromosomes are and the cell cycle Aerobic repiration Homeostasis and the nervous system
Week 16 Stages of Mitosis Anaerobic repisration in animals, plants and yeast Nervous system and required practical
Week 17 Cells, tissues and organs Response to exercise and metabolism The endocrine system and required practical
Week 18 The digestive system Revision and catch up Control of blood glucose
Week 19 Enzymes End of unit test and Binomial system: KPCOFGS Hormones, reporduction and the menstrual cycle
Week 20 Enzymes Classification and levels in an ecosystem Hormones in infertility and contraception
Week 21 Revision and Assessment week Competing for resources and Assessment week Endo of topic test (HT) Negative feedback
Half Term Half Term Half Term Half Term
Week 22 Required practical 4 Abiotic factors and biotic factors Revision
Week 23 Required practicl 4 Adaptations and extreme adaptation
Week 24 Required practical 5 Feeding relationships and food webs
Week 25 Required practical 5 Revision and catch up
Week 26 Revision and Assessment week Revision and Assessment week
Easter Holiday Easter Easter Easter
Easter Holiday Easter Easter Easter
Week 27 The Heart and Blood Vessels(disection) Pyramids of numbers and biomass, Production of biomass Revision
Week 28 The Heart and Blood Vessels(double circulation) Predator-Prey cycling and Sampling techniques
Week 29 Types of blood vessels Required practical
Week 30 Gas exchange Required Practical
Week 31 Blood and its componants The Carbon Cycle and The Water Cycle GCSE EXAMS
Week 32 Revision and Assessment week Biodiversity and Waste
Half Term Half Term Half Term Half Term
Week 33 Coronary Heart Disease Land use and Peat bogs GCSE EXAMS
Week 34 Health and Disease Deforestation and Global Warming
Week 35 Revision Maintaining biodiversity
Week 36 End of Year Exams Revision and catch up
Week 37 Lifestyle and Health End of topic test
Week 38 Risk factors of disease Theory and practical catch-up
Week 39 Cancer Theory and practical catch-up

For those studying seperate Biology, you will also cover these topics along the way:
Year 10:
Decomposition and what affects the rate, also how to maximise this for gardeners;
How temperature affects the rate of milk decomposition;
Evaluation of the impact environmental change has on species distribution. Year 11:
Maintaining water and nitrogen balance, the kidney, ADH. kideny failure and plant hormones.

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