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Biology (Salters-Nuffield) A Level at Okehampton College

Course description

Mark had a stroke when he was 15 years old. Peter suffered a heart attack as an adult. What are the factors which make it more likely that any of us will suffer from a stroke or heart attack? Claire and Nathan are trying to decide whether they should have a child even though Claire’s mother had cystic fibrosis (CF). What are the symptoms and effects of CF? What treatments are available if their child does have CF?

If you are interested in the answers to these questions then SNAB is for you. It is a new approach for post-16 students in which you will study biology through real-life contexts linked to the rapid advances in biological research. Accompanying the course is an exclusive dedicated website.

Course content

Areas to be covered in Year 12

Four topics make up the AS course, ‘Lifestyle, health and risk’, ‘Genes and health’, ‘The voice of the genome’ and ‘Biodiversity and natural resources’. A number of issues are discussed during these four topics including cardiovascular disease, genetic inheritance, the roles of stem cells and the use of chemical extracts from animals and plants.

Areas to be covered in Year 13

Four topics make up the A Level course, ‘On the wild side’, ‘Infection, immunity and forensics’, ‘Run for your life’ and ‘Grey matter’. A number of issues are discussed during these four topics including extinction of species, the evolutionary battles that take place between invading pathogens and their hosts, muscle physiology and performance, and conditions such as Parkinson’s disease.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 A*s - C GCSEs with specifically grade A*, A or B in Additional Science or Biology and in English & Maths

Future opportunities

An A Level in Biology is seen as a real achievement. This will take you onto university courses, including the top universities, for all degree courses including medicine. Indeed, universities want the independent, motivated learners SNAB provides!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Okehampton College directly.

Last updated date: 16 August 2016

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