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OCR Biology A
Basic components of living things
Specification Checklist
reference questions
Can you use microscopy to observe and investigate different types of cell and
2.1.1 a
cell structure in a range of eukaryotic organisms?
2.1.1 b Can you prepare and examine microscope slides for use in light microscopy?
2.1.1 c Can you use staining in light microscopy?
Can you draw and annotate diagrams of whole cells or cells in sections of
2.1.1 d
tissue?
2.1.1 e Can you use and manipulate the magnification formula?
2.1.1 f Can you explain the difference between magnification and resolution?
Can you describe the ultrastructure of eukaryotic cells and the functions of
2.1.1 g
the different cellular components?
Can you analyse photomicrographs of cellular components in a range of
2.1.1 h
eukaryotic cells?
Can you describe the interrelationship between the organelles involved in the
2.1.1 i
production and secretion of proteins?
2.1.1 j Can you explain the importance of the cytoskeleton?
Can you describe the similarities and differences in the structure and
2.1.1 k
ultrastructure of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells?
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OCR Biology A
Biological molecules
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2.1.2 a Can you describe how hydrogen bonding occurs between water molecules?
Can you relate hydrogen bonding, and other properties of water, to the roles
2.1.2 a
of water in living organisms?
2.1.2 b Can you explain the concept of monomers and polymers?
Can you explain the importance of condensation and hydrolysis reactions in a
2.1.2 b
range of biological molecules?
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OCR Biology A
2.1.2 k Can you describe the general structure of an amino acid?
Can you describe the synthesis and breakdown of dipeptides and
2.1.2 l
polypeptides, by the formation and breakage of peptide bonds?
2.1.2 m Can you explain the levels of protein structure?
Can you describe the structure and function of globular proteins including a
2.1.2 n
conjugated protein?
2.1.2 o Can you list the properties and functions of fibrous proteins?
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OCR Biology A
Can you carry out practical investigations into the purification of DNA by
2.1.3 d ii
precipitation?
2.1.3 e Can you explain semiconservative DNA replication?
2.1.3 f Can you describe the nature of the genetic code?
Can you describe the transcription and translation of genes resulting in the
2.1.3 g
synthesis of polypeptides?
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OCR Biology A
Enzymes
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Can you explain the role of enzymes in catalysing reactions that affect
2.1.4 a
metabolism at a cellular and whole organism level?
Can you explain the role of enzymes in catalysing both intracellular and
2.1.4 b
extracellular reactions?
2.1.4 c Can you describe the mechanism of enzyme action?
Can you describe the effects of pH, temperature, enzyme concentration, and
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OCR Biology A
Plasma membranes
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Can you explain the roles of membranes within cells and at the surface of
2.1.5 a
cells?
Can you describe the fluid mosaic model of membrane structure and the roles
2.1.5 b
of its components?
2.1.5 c i Can you list the factors affecting membrane structure and permeability?
Can you carry out practical investigations into factors affecting membrane
2.1.5 c ii
structure and permeability?
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OCR Biology A
Cell division
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2.1.6 a Can you describe the cell cycle?
2.1.6 b Can you explain how the cell cycle is regulated?
2.1.6 c Can you list the main stages of mitosis?
Can you draw sections of plant tissue showing the cell cycle and stages of
2.1.6 d
mitosis?
2.1.6 e Can you explain the significance of mitosis in life cycles?
2.1.6 f Can you explain the significance of meiosis in life cycles?
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OCR Biology A
3.1.1 b Can you list the features of an efficient exchange surface?
Can you describe the structures and functions of the components of the
3.1.1 c
mammalian gaseous exchange system?
3.1.1 d Can you explain the mechanism of ventilation in mammals?
Can you describe the relationship between vital capacity, tidal volume,
3.1.1 e
breathing rate, and oxygen uptake?
Can you describe the mechanisms of ventilation and gas exchange in bony
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OCR Biology A
Transport in animals
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3.1.2 a Can you explain the need for transport systems in multicellular animals?
3.1.2 b Can you list the different types of circulatory systems?
Can you describe the structure and functions of arteries, arterioles,
3.1.2 c
capillaries, venules, and veins?
3.1.2 d Can you describe the formation of tissue fluid from plasma?
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OCR Biology A
Transport in plants
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3.1.3 a Can you explain the need for transport systems in multicellular plants?
Can you describe the structure and function of the vascular system in the
3.1.3 b i
roots, stems, and leaves of herbaceous dicotyledonous plants?
Can you examine and draw stained sections of plant tissue to show the
3.1.3 b ii
distribution of xylem and phloem?
Can you dissect stems, both longitudinally and transversely, and examine
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