Exchange and transport mechanisms

For this topic, students must develop a clear understanding of the fundamental principles involved with movement and transport of substances. At level 3, this topic expands significantly beyond the content typically covered in most GCSE specifications and requires more detailed explanations of cell membrane structure and processes such as simple and facilitated diffusion – along with the factors that can affect the rate of these processes.

Understanding of osmosis and active transport is also a requirement for T-Level Science

Students may struggle to categorise the different forms of transport, confuse details of different processes and may harbour some misconceptions from previous study. Establishing some clear and logical ways of thinking e.g. grouping passive and active forms of transport into separate categories and comparing them is likely to aid recall and understanding.

As this topic deals with fundamental aspects of biology, it is important that students do understand the concepts well and can relate them to applied examples.

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