Biology A Level at West Hatch High School
Biology involves the study of a wide range of exciting topics, ranging from molecular biology to the study of ecosystems and from microorganisms to humans. Biology is never far from the headlines either... The human genome has been sequenced and we know the complete arrangement of the three thousand million bases that make up human DNA. In Kenya 350 people die every day from AIDS. In South East Asia the skies are dark with smoke as the last Bornean rainforests are burned to grow oil palms. In 2014 a study has shown that in about 30 years’ time bacteria maybe come resistant to all antibiotics that have been developed to date, so 10 million pound is being spent researching in this area. This could be your job in the future! Biologists are concerned about many topics and these are just the tip of the iceberg. By studying OCR you will learn more about these topics along with many more including cell biology, biodiversity, classification, disease, medicine, biochemistry, food production and the anatomy of the human body.
Our ideal Biologists would be willing to dissect organs, study outside, handling animals, insects and plants and be very willing to question everything!
- How are cells organised?
- What is the arms race?
- How do substances travel through the Golgi apparatus?
- How many species are there on the planet and will we ever know an answer?
You will become competent using microscopes, carrying out practical procedures and using standard solutions to make considered estimations.
Biology is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in health and clinical professions, such as medicine, dentistry, veterinary science, physiotherapy, pharmacy, optometry, nursing, zoology, marine biology or forensic science. This being said, the skills you will learn are incredibly transferable and will be useful in almost any profession.
Students must achieve Grade A* - B in Triple Science Biology, or at least A in Additional Science and a B in Core Science.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Hatch High School directly.