The opportunities for students of Science, on completion of full-time education, are enormous. There are many possible careers within the scientific world and qualifications in Science subjects are acceptable as an entry into many other careers.
The Science courses offered at Sandwell Academy are designed to provide academic and vocational experiences. They will prepare students for their choice of career in both the world of work and Higher Education.
This module will enable you to develop an understanding of some of the fundamental concepts, techniques and procedures in Biology. You will look at Cell division as a fundamental process, necessary for reproduction, growth and repair. You will also consider the structure and function of proteins, carbohydrates and lipids as well as having the opportunity to understand the structure of nucleic acids and their role in the storage of genetic information.
You will study the structure and function of gas exchange and transport systems in a range of animals and plants. You will consider the significance of surface area to volume ratio in determining the need for ventilation, gas exchange and transport systems in multicellular organisms.
You will study the biodiversity of organisms, you will consider how they are classified and the ways in which biodiversity can be measured and compared. You will also gain an understanding of pathogenic organisms and the way in which plants and animals have evolved defences to deal with disease. Furthermore you will be indicted to the impact of evolution of these pathogens on the treatment of disease.
You will outline the need for communication systems within multicellular organisms and describe the roles of sensory receptors in mammals. A detailed explanation of the liver, kidneys and lungs is included. You will be able to define the terms endocrine gland, exocrine gland and hormone as well as looking at the hormonal and nervous mechanisms involved in the control of heart rate in humans. You will outline why plants, animals and microorganisms need to respire as well as an analysis of photosynthesis.
You will develop an awareness of protein synthesis in terms of DNA coding. You will be able to explain the terms allele, locus, phenotype, genotype, dominant, co dominant and recessive. You will also study the advantages and disadvantages of cloning, enzyme immobilisation and the steps involved in sequencing a genome .You will explain that genetic engineering involves the extraction of genes from one organism, or the manufacture of genes, in order to place them in another organism. You will also cover ecology, plant and animal responses.
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