AQA GCSE Biology. Topic 2 – Organisation

I have gone through the specification and these are the bits the examiners want you to know with links to my YouTube videos and other websites to help you understand any bits that are confusing. 


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1 –  Cell biology

2 –  Organisation

Specification statement


These are the bits the exam board wants you to know, make sure you can do all of these…

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I can define the term organ system



I can describe how the digestive system works



I can describe how an enzyme works



I can explain how an enzyme is affected at different temperature and pH



I can describe the ‘lock and key’ mechanism



I can recall for named type of enzyme (amylase, lipase and protease) the location of production and the action



I can describe the function of enzymes in relation to the digestive system



I can recall the site of production and uses of bile



I can recall the organs that make up the respiratory system



I can describe the structure and function of the heart




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I can describe the structure and function of the lungs




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I can describe the structure and function of the different types of blood vessel. Aorta, vena cava, pulmonary artery, pulmonary vein, coronary arteries and capillaries.




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I can define the natural resting heart rate



I can explain the need for artificial pacemakers



I can describe the parts that make up blood, and the function of each of these parts




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I can recognise a diagram of the different blood calls



I can explain how different blood cells are adapted to suit a particular function




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I can describe the impact cardiovascular disease can have on a person life



I can describe the different ways cardiovascular disease can be treated.


I can describe the causes of cardiovascular disease


I can define the term health



I can describe the impact disease can have on health



I can describe other factors (diet, stress, life) that can affect health



I can explain how different types of disease may interact and be triggers



I can interpret graphic data on diseases and disease trends



I can describe how to sample epidemiological data



I can discuss the financial cost of diseases



I can define the term cancer



I can differentiate between benign and malignant tumours



I can recall the different types and location of plant tissues. Epidermal tissue, palisade mesophyll, spongy mesophyll, xylem, phloem and meristem



I can relate the structure of plant cells to their function, including adaptations.



I can define the term transpiration



I can describe how to measure transpiration



I can explain the effect that temperature/humidity/air movement/light has on transpiration



I can define an organ system within a plant



3 –  Infection and response

4 –  Bioenergetics

5 –  Homeostasis and response

6 –  Inheritance, variation and evolution

7 –  Ecology



AQA Chemistry

1 – Atomic Structure and the Periodic Table

2 – Bonding, Structure and the Properties of Matter

3 – Quantitative Chemistry

4 – Chemical Changes

5 – Energy Changes

6 – The Rate and Extent of Chemical Change

7 – Organic Chemistry

8 – Chemical Analysis

9 – Chemistry of the Atmosphere

10 – Using Resources



AQA Physics

1 –  Energy

2 –  Electricity

3 –  Particle Model of Matter

4 –  Atomic Structure

5 –  Forces

6 –  Waves

7 –  Magnetism and Electromagnets

8 –  Space Physics