GCSE Biology AQA B1

Learn GCSE Biology and prepare for the B1 exam
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  • Length 1.5 hours
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Published 11/2015 English

Course Description

If you are worried about your progress, can't remember the key ideas and don't understand the work in class then this course is for you. It is a comprehensive study and revision guide to the AQA GCSE Biology B1 course.

You Can Learn and Master Biology to Ensure Your Success in the GCSE Exam.

  • Review the complete content of the GCSE AQA B1 Core Biology course.
  • Practise exam questions to gain competence and confidence.
  • Test knowledge and understanding using the quizzes that follow each lecture.
  • Prepare with confidence for the final GCSE exam.

I've written this course to help students I teach prepare for the GCSE exam and I'd now like any student to benefit from it.

This course covers the following topics in the AQA B1 specification; 1. Keeping Healthy, 2. Nerves and Hormones, 3. Drugs, 4. Interdependence and Adaptation, 5. Energy and Biomass, 6. Waste materials, 7. Differences in Organisms, 8. Evolution.

By following the lectures you will complete the entire AQA B1 syllabus and will be ready to sit the exam.

I've used my experience as an Educational Consultant, a Senior Leader, a Head of Department and an Exam Marker to ensure you get a high quality, course that will maximise your Grade.

At your fingertips you will have a wide range of tips, tricks and strategies that will lower your stress levels and make your learning fun.

How to use this course.

I have recorded over 30 lectures that explain the material of the Biology specification. Each teaching lecture is followed by a short quiz that you can use to check your understanding. I've also included practice questions you can download and I show how to work through them in video lectures. You'll see how to approach the questions and gain full marks when doing them.

Each lecture has clear objectives (using words like, name, describe, explain) to help you know what you are trying to learn. I've used ideas from Bloom's Taxonomy, Solo Learning, Assessment for Learning and Visible Learning to develop these. At the end of each lecture you will see that content of the specification. This is really important as any exam question you will meet will have to be based on this. The lectures are short but are crammed with information. Watch them as many times as you like and pause them when you need. You can easily watch them whilst you are waiting for a bus or train, or even during commercial breaks in your favourite TV programme! I've designed them so you can even use a smartphone or small tablet to view them. Happy Learning!

What are the requirements?

  • You should have covered the KS3 Science syllabus and have a working understanding of it.
  • You will find it really useful alongside your normal notebooks and textbooks.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Review the complete content of the GCSE AQA B1 Core Biology course.
  • Practise exam questions to gain competence and confidence.
  • Test knowledge and understanding using the quizzes that follow each lecture.
  • Prepare with confidence for the final GCSE exam.
  • This course specifically matches the AQA GCSE Science curriculum. It does not go into the detail of an A-level or undergraduate degree. However it provides a good base to move on to such courses.

What is the target audience?

  • If you are preparing for the AQA GCSE core Biology exam you will find this course really useful.
  • If you've missed, or don't understand, some of the work you can use this course to fix any gaps in your knowledge and understanding.

What you get with this course?

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Curriculum

Introduction
Preview
01:54
Section 1: Keeping Healthy
03:17

In this lesson you will be learning to:

List the things needed in a healthy diet.

Describe what these things are needed for.

Explain what the term malnourished means.

Explain how a person may develop illness due to an unbalanced diet.

6 questions

test your learning on diet and exercise

01:50

In this lesson you will be learning to:

State that exercise is good for health.

Describe how exercise increases the metabolic rate.

Explain how other factors affect the metabolic rate.

Explain body mass is lost.

Explain how inherited factors can affect health.

6 questions

Test your learning on exercise and inherited factors.

03:17

In this lesson you will be learning to:

State that bacteria and viruses are micro-organisms and those that cause disease are called pathogens.

Describe how bacteria and viruses can reproduce and how they can make us ill.

Describe and explain how the body protects itself against pathogens.

Explain how the immune system works.

6 questions

Test your learning of body defences.

03:32

In this lesson you will be learning to:

State that antibiotics kill bacteria but not viruses.

Describe how Semmelweis improved medical practice.

Explain how the incorrect use of antibiotics is a problem.

Higher

Explain how antibiotic resistance develops and the steps required to deal with it.

5 questions

Test your learning about body defences.

02:15

In this lesson you will be learning to:

State that vaccines make a person immune to a disease.

Describe how vaccination is carried out.

Explain how vaccines stimulate the body to kill pathogens.

Explain why it is important for people to be vaccinated.

5 questions

Test your learning of vaccination.

02:37

Watch how to get full marks on an exam style question.

You can download a blank version of the question from the supplementary materials.

03:21

In this lesson you will be learning to:

State that uncontaminated samples of microorganisms are needed so they can be studied.

Describe the process of producing sterile agar dishes.

Explain how inoculation is carried out.

Explain how safety precautions are taken in schools to avoid growing harmful bacteria.

Explain why higher temperatures can be used in industrial processes.

5 questions

Test your learning of how microbes are grown and studied.

Section 2: Control
02:03

In this lesson you will be learning to:

State that humans are sensitive to the environment around them.

Describe the different receptors we have and what they are sensitive to.

Describe how receptor cells are like most animal cells.

5 questions

Test your learning on the nervous system.

03:28

In this lesson you will be learning to:

List the different types of neurons.

Describe how neurons carry messages to and from the brain.

Explain how a simple reflex occurs.

Describe how an effector organ responds to an impulse.

Explain how a message passes across a synapse.

5 questions

Test your understanding of how we respond to the world.

02:16

In this lesson you will be learning to:

State that our internal conditions need to be kept constant.

Explain why the water content, ion content, temperature and blood sugar levels need to be maintained.

Describe the role of hormones in regulating internal conditions.

5 questions

Test your learning of control in the body.

03:18

In this lesson you will be learning to:

State that the menstrual cycle is controlled by hormones.

Describe the menstrual cycle and its effects.

Explain the role of the different hormones in the menstrual cycle.

Explain how hormones can be used to control fertility.

Another quiz on control in the body
5 questions
03:41

In this lesson you will be learning to:

List the things to which plants are sensitive.

Describe how shoots and roots grow.

Explain how auxin affects growth in the roots and shoots.

Explain how plant hormones can be used to control weeds and to help root growth.

5 questions

Test your knowledge of how plants control their growth.

01:04

Watch me do an example exam style question.

Section 3: The use and abuse of drugs
03:45

In this lesson you will be learning to:

State that new drugs are being devised.

Describe how drugs are tested in trials.

Describe examples of useful drugs that improve our lives.

Explain how thalidomide was used and caused terrible problems and how it can be used safely and effectively today.

A quiz on medical drugs
5 questions
03:12

In this lesson you will be learning to:

State that there are both legal and illegal drugs.

Describe the effects of various drugs.

Explain how and why drugs can cause problems.

Explain how athletes use performance enhancing drugs.

5 questions

Test your knowledge of drug abuse.

01:20

See how to answer an exam question on drugs and hormones.

Section 4: Interdependence and adaptation
An introduction to adaptation
02:08
5 questions

Test your understanding about adaptation.

03:42

In this lesson you will be learning to:

State that organisms are adapted to the environment they live in.

Describe some adaptations that plants and animals have.

Explain how particular adaptations enable organisms to survive.

Explain how some adaptations are specially suited to particular environments.

5 questions

Test your knowledge on adaptations.

01:52

Here is a worked example of an exam question about adaptations for survival.

03:59

In this lesson you will be learning to:

List the causes of environmental change.

Describe some effects of environmental change on living organisms.

Explain how living organisms can be used to indicate pollution.

Explain how non-living indicators can be used to measure pollution.

5 questions

Test your knowledge about the way the environment is changing.

Section 5: Energy and biomass in food chains
03:50

In this lesson you will be learning to:

State that most living things depend on sunlight for energy.

Describe how photosynthesis stores the energy from the sun.

Explain how biomass in a food chain or pyramid reduces at each stage.

Explain why the biomass in a pyramid decreases further up the pyramid.

5 questions

Test your knowledge of how energy passes through trophic levels.

Section 6: Waste materials from plants and animals
03:29

In this lesson you will be learning to:

State that living organisms take in material from the environment and release these when they die.

Describe how microorganisms cause decay.

Explain how the process of decay releases substances that are needed for growth.

Explain how the substances are continuously recycled in a stable environment.

5 questions

Test your knowledge on how dead things decay.

03:28

In this lesson you will be learning to:

State the equations for photosynthesis, respiration and combustion.

Describe how carbon can be trapped and then released in and from organic matter.

Explain how carbon is cycled between organisms.

5 questions

Test your knowledge of the carbon cycle.

02:02

Watch a worked example exam question on biomass and the carbon cycle.

Section 7: Genetic variation and its control
02:13

In this lesson you will be learning to:

State that certain characteristics are inherited from parents.

Describe the role of genes, and where they are found.

Explain how both genes and the environment affect the characteristics of organisms.

5 questions

Test your understanding of how genes affect organisms.

03:11

In this lesson you will be learning to:

State that genetic engineering involves the transfer of genes from one organism to another.

Describe the process of transferring genes.

Explain why genetic engineering is useful.

Evaluate the issues related to genetic engineering.

5 questions

Check your knowledge of genetic engineering.

02:28

Watch me answer a question on genetic engineering.

Section 8: Evolution
02:55

In this lesson you will be learning to:

State that living things have evolved from simple life forms.

Describe Darwin’s theory of evolution.

Explain why Darwin’s theory was not accepted.

Explain the problems with Lamarck’s theory of evolution.

5 questions

Test you knowledge of Darwin's ideas

02:38

In this lesson you will be learning to:

State that we sort living things into different groups.

Describe the main groups.

Explain how evolution results from natural selection.

Explain how mutations can increase the rate of evolution.

5 questions

Test your learning on classification

01:55

Watch me answer an exam question about evolution.

Section 9: Coursework ISA/CAU preparation
Introduction to controlled assessment
01:12
Paper 1
Preview
08:22
Paper 2
08:11

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Instructor Biography

Norbert de Mello, Education Consultant BSc PhD PGCE

I am passionate about learning and know that education is emancipatory - it improves people's life chances and leads to fulfilment - learning is intrinsically rewarding.

I have been a Head of Department in three schools, a Senior Strategic Leader and a Teaching and Learning Consultant for a local authority.

My lessons are graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and school leaders. One of my lessons was listed as an exemplar for the school Ofsted report and is available online - Challenge College, 2003. In pupil surveys my lessons are rated excellent.

In a survey five pupils in my class were asked how the department could improve. Two of them said that other teachers should watch me teaching.

  • I have worked successfully with groups that were targeted to gain important grades in over twenty schools in a local authority.
  • I have an excellent understanding of how pupils learn effectively and I have a range of strategies and resources I can use.
  • My work develops long term thinking and learning skills.
  • I have marked KS3 SAT exams (1998-2001), GCSE Science exams (2002) and A-level Physics exams (2006 – present). This experience is extremely valuable in preparing students for exams.

I am currently working in a school in Yorkshire and am developing online resources for independent learners.

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