The course uses real-life contexts as a starting point to introduce relevant knowledge and understanding of biological principles.
Salters-Nuffield Advanced Biology (SNAB) is an advanced A Level Biology Course. The course uses real life contexts as a starting point to introduce relevant knowledge and understanding of biological principles. There is a focus on active learning using the multimedia resources that accompany the course. Teaching is from both concept and context principles.
Students should have an active interest in Biology to study this course with an aptitude to read around the topics to ensure a greater depth of learning.
How will I learn?
Science Nuffield A Level Biology (SNAB) is a diverse course where you will cover a range of diverse topics including plant biology, Ecology, Genetics and Human Biology.
SNAB aspires to be ‘the most exciting and up-to-date advanced Biology course’. Biology is highly regarded for university but the skills acquired at A Level can also be used in a wide variety of different careers.
What will I learn?
Topic 1 Lifestyle Health and Risk
Topic 2 Genes and Health
Topic 3 Voice of the Genome
Topic 4 Biodiversity and Natural Resources
Topic 5 On the Wild Side
Topic 6 Immunity, Infection and Forensics
Topic 7 Run for your Life
Topic 8 Grey Matter
Students will study a variety of topics over the course of two years including the role and structure of RNA and DNA; inheritance; cell structure; immunity and forensics. At the end of the course students will complete three written exams.
Paper 1: The Natural Environment and Species Survival
Paper 2: Energy, Exercise and Co-ordination
Paper 3: General and Practical Applications in Biology
Units in the course include:
Unit 1: Lifestyle, Health and Risk
Unit 2: Genes and Health
Unit 3: Voice of the Genome
Unit 4: Biodiversity and Natural Resources
Unit 5: On the Wild Side
Unit 6: Immunity, Infection and Forensics.
Unit 7: Run for your Life
Unit 8: Grey Matter
The core practical work in A Level Biology is integrated into the course over the two years and will be examined in Paper 3: General and Practical Applications in Biology. Each paper will also include questions that target mathematics at Level 2 or above. Overall, a minimum of 10% of the marks across the three papers will be awarded for mathematics.
The entry requirements for this course are at least Grade 5 in Science Trilogy or separate Sciences and GCSE English and Maths at Grade 4. A good foundation is required to ensure successful course completion.
This course complements other A Level or BTEC qualifications and is an ideal preparation for study at Higher Education or a job related to Biology. Students who study Biology may be inspired to study Medicine, Marine Biology, Biochemistry or Nursing. This course will also help you develop the basic skills and understanding and knowledge that many employers across a range of industry sectors require.