West London Free School

West London Free School

Biology

WHY STUDY BIOLOGY?

“Besides it being the obvious subject to study Medicine, regardless of what year I am teaching, I will always tell my students that the of Biology science is an observation. Study it, make an observation, question that observation, and why it happened. This is what leads you to new discoveries. Because you may see a situation completely differently than someone else, you can make a difference in the world. Discoveries are made, and I want to encourage more of them through the study of Biology.” Ruth Fonseka Head of Biology

 

 

 

 

ABOUT THE COURSE

Biology is the study of the living world. Over the past two centuries, rapid and profound progress has been made in this field, from establishing the basic laws of inheritance in the 1850s to the discovery of the iconic DNA double helix in the 1950s and the completion of the human genome project in the early 2000s. Beyond these high profile successes, scientists have continued to make gains in understanding how diseases emerge and transmit, how organisms interact with their environment, and how life itself began. This course provides excellent preparation for studying the sciences at university and access to a wide range of careers. Throughout the course you will develop a range of laboratory skills that include microscopy, dissection, microbiology and aseptic techniques. You will learn the intricate workings of the cell and the chemical building blocks required for their functioning. The molecular pathways that underpin all life, especially photosynthesis and respiration, will also be studied in great depth, as will the functioning of individual human body systems. Environmental biology will also be studied in this broad and challenging curriculum that is designed to engage and enthuse.

EXAMINATION BOARD OCR (H420)

 

COURSE STRUCTURE

Unit 1 Development of Practical Skills in Biology

Unit 2 Foundations in Biology

Unit 3 Exchange and Transport

Unit 4 Biodiversity, Evolution and Disease

Unit 5 Communication, Homeostasis and Energy

Unit 6 Genetics, Evolution and Ecosystems

 

 

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