Hello and welcome to the Applied Human Biology Department at Reigate College.
My name is Liz Sanders and I’m the Head of Department for Applied Human Biology. The BTEC course is excellent preparation for many vocational careers so I’m really pleased you’ll be studying it at Reigate College and I’m looking forward to welcoming you to the department in person at the beginning of the academic year.
In advance of that, I’d like you to complete a series of tasks and activities over the coming months to keep your GCSE Science knowledge and skills fresh and in your mind. These activities are for you to complete independently from home, and we will then discuss together what you’ve learnt when you start the course in September.
All of the tasks should be completed by Choices Day on 25 August. Please throw yourself into them and enjoy learning more about Applied Human Biology!
The tasks will be released here in three phases:
Explore your Subject – 4 May
Take note! How to approach studying Applied Human Biology
Effective notetaking from a variety of types of sources is an essential skill you’ll develop during your Applied Human Biology course. We’d like you to have a go at this in the two examples outlined in Activities 1 and 2 below. It’s really important you take notes in your own words and avoid copying and pasting from internet sources.
This is an example of how you would use the skill of notetaking to research and summarise how a pathogen causes disease, in this case how SARS-CoV-2 virus causes COVID-19.
Watch the video clip on COVID-19
Use the information in the video and your own research to create a COVID-19 Fact File. You will need to copy the table shown below and answer the questions using your own words.
During your Applied Human Biology course you’ll learn that as well as the information you find in your research, you also need to take a note of the source of that information, and the date it was accessed, so please include this information in your table.
Another way in which you will record your research is by creating a mind-map. Use this technique to create a mind map (like the one shown below) of cardiovascular disease. You should base your information on the WHO fact sheet and your own research.
You should complete this series of tasks by 1 June.
Get Going – 1 June
You should complete
this section of tasks by 1 July.
During your Applied Human Biology course you’ll revisit and
build on the concepts you learnt at GCSE. You will be assessed via a mixture of
coursework and examination so it’s important that you can both understand and
remember the basic concepts to enable you to add to your knowledge.
Task 1: BBC Bitesize
revision of the biology of the cell
Task 5: Disorders of
the Respiratory and Nervous Systems
Using your own research skills, produce a 300 word summary
including references (with date accessed) on your choice of two of the
following (include one disease of the Respiratory System and one of the Nervous
Motor Neurone Disease
As a minimum, you should include information on:
of the disorder
of the disorder
Task 6: The role of
Research the different types of clinical staff who would
investigate and treat the disorders you chose. What role do they play in
diagnosing and treating these disorders? The following websites will help you
in your research:
Once you’ve taken part in the College’s first ever Virtual Introductory Day on 30 June, you will be asked to complete a more formal Aim High task (posted here) that it is mandatory for all new students to complete before Choices Day on 25 August.