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Biology - A Level at Backwell School

Course description

SNAB (Salters-Nuffield Advanced Biology) is largely taught in context through real-life biology. For example, we start with an account of cardio-vascular disease and then go on to look at the factors that make it more likely that any one of us will suffer from a stroke or heart attack. This allows us to introduce the biochemistry of fats and carbohydrates bit by bit, as you need to know them to understand about strokes and heart diseases, rather than all at once. Some parts of the course are very practically based and you should be prepared to become involved in practical work to develop the necessary skills. Reading around the subject is also important as this will broaden your understanding.

Entry requirements

In ‘Double Science’: Two Bs overall in the examination elements (i.e. not the ISA) In ‘Triple Science’: B overall in the examination element of the relevant Science, plus another B in the examination element of another Science GCSE. Grade 5 in Mathematics.

Future opportunities

The course provides a sound grounding in Biology for those wishing to pursue a variety of biologically based courses and careers. There is an emphasis on Human Biology in a number of areas on this course that provide a good introduction for those interested in pursuing Medicine and related subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Backwell School directly.

Last updated date: 04 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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