Why take this A-Level? An A-Level in Biology is seen as a real achievement, which will take you onto university courses, including the top universities, for all degree courses including medicine. Indeed, universities want the independent, motivated learners that the Salters-Nuffield A Level Biology course provides!
The Course: 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 A-Level Biology (SNAB Biology A) 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. In year 1 students will study the topics of:
Lifestyle, health and risk
Genes and health
The voice of the genome
Biodiversity and natural resources, which tackle a number of issues including cardiovascular disease, genetic inheritance, the roles of stem cells and the use of chemical extracts from animals and plants.
In year 2 the topics:
On the wild side
Infection, immunity and forensics
Run for your life
Grey matter, which look at the themes of 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.