Barry started life as a Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer, gaining an HNC in
Microbiology plus Fellowship of the Institute of Medical Laboratory Sciences, which
involved passing the same modules in Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Physiology etc as
nurses and doctors. Later degrees in Environmental Science reinforced and updated
his knowledge of Human Biology, Toxicology etc, as well as learning about Pollution,
Ecology, Ecotoxicology, Biogeochemsitry etc - and then continually reinforced these
skills through many Continuing Professional Development courses. This enables Barry
to help degree-level and professional students learning subjects as diverse as Human
Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Nursing, Midwifery, Radiotherapy, Environmental Sciences,
Medical Microbiology, Public Health, Pollution and so on.
If there has been a constant theme throughout Barry’s varied career it has been that
all have had Biology at their core, whether Human, Micro, Eco, Environmental or indeed
Teaching. It was his favourite subject when at school, so he naturally followed it
into his first Microbiological career. Later his Environmental research fields were
bioremediation of pollution and management of the large bioreactor known more commonly
as a landfill! When he started teaching at Weston College he was module leader in
Pollution on the Environmental Health degree, but also taught Microbiology on the
same degree, then began to teach Biology A-level to Weston’s Access to Further Education
students. He enjoyed this so much that Biology is his specialism at A-level. He teaches
both General and Human Biology at A level, and the (rarer) Environmental Studies.
He also teaches Biology at GCSE level.He cut his teeth teaching the AQA versions,
but can now teach the OCR and EdExcel versions as well.
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Barry gained his top grade Maths O level a year early, and also did well at A level,
one year winning the school Maths prize. Nevertheless he is also good at connecting
with less able students, and has a knack for making Maths less scary and more accessible
and memorable. Science is heavily dependent on Maths and especially Statistics, which
he has used throughout his career. Maths content has changed little since the 1970s,
so he found it straightforward to relearn and then teach GCSE level Maths and Statistics.
He also helps older students with Maths, e.g. Coaching applicants for work or college/university
entrance exams in Maths and Logic. In fact he enjoys Maths so much he is currently
relearning the A level, although is not ready to teach this yet.
Barry has a good O level and also studied Chemistry at A level. As a junior medical
scientist he spent time in each of Haematology, Histopathology, Serology and Chemistry
before he specialised in Microbiology. One of the advantages of his second career
- spent learning, practising and teaching Environmental science - was that the good
environmental scientist must learn and apply ALL sciences to be effective. So although
at heart a Biologist, Barry had to master both inorganic (e.g. Heavy metals) and
organic chemistry (e.g. Pesticides) to be an effective consultant. It was therefore
relatively easy to relearn and then teach GCSE level Chemistry.
Barry passed O and A level Physics himself, albeit some time ago! Since then, being
a dyed-in-the-wool scientist, he has kept a keen informed-amateur eye on the subject,
being especially fascinated by the very large (Cosmology) and the very small (Quantum
Physics). When he began tutoring at GCSE level it quickly became clear that most
students these days do Combined Science, so during his first year as a private tutor
Barry revisited his old O level notes and then relearned the GCSE, and has been teaching
GCSE level Physics since then.