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A-Level Biology: Aiming for A/A* in the 2023 exams

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Achievement in A-Level Biology requires students to overcome some key challenges in order to secure a top A/A* grades in the upcoming AQA A Level Biology 2023 exam. Students need to be able to recall a wealth of knowledge across the varied disciplines of Biology study and apply this knowledge in familiar and unfamiliar situations. Biology students have a variety of strengths and weaknesses so a range of techniques are needed to ensure they can achieve the best possible marks.

This intensive new course will demonstrate how to guide your students to achieve their maximise possible grades in future A-Level Biology examinations.


  • Focus on what teachers should aim to achieve with the most able PE students
  • Develop greater understanding of what examiners are looking for in Grade A/A* responses
  • Take away a range of innovative ideas and resources to help students reach these levels
  • Engaging high ability students with the exam criteria to understand what is needed in A* answers


Key lessons for A and A* students from the 2022 results

10.00 – 10.40am
  • Feedback: looking back at the summer exams. What went well? What did examiners look for at the top levels?
  • Key differences between A and A* performance
  • Missing out on the A/A* grades: common mistakes and key issues
  • Analyse A/A* responses
  • Ways to improve results and boost attainment

What teachers should aim to achieve with the most able students

10.40 – 11.10am
  • The characteristics of A and A* students
  • Stretching the top students: going beyond the specification content
  • Access an array of techniques to promote independent learning and extend A/A* students
  • Engaging high ability students with the exam criteria to understand what is needed in A* answers

Morning break

11.10 – 11.30am

A and A* performance in the exam papers

11.30 – 12.30pm
  • Applying knowledge to questions
  • What an excellent analytical answer looks like
  • Synoptic teaching and its crucial impact on exam performance
  • Turning lower-level answers into model answers


12.30 – 1.30pm

Teaching mathematical and statistical skills to A/A* students

1.30 – 2.35pm
  • Consider the different types of questions that require mathematical skills and preparing students to tackle them
  • Stretching the more able students – what is required for top band marks?
  • Power, exponential and logarithmic functions, their applied use in microbiology and ecology.
  • Chi squared and the T test with applied resources to use with your students.
  • The correlation coefficient with applied examples to use with your students.

Afternoon break

2.35 – 2.45pm

Exam strategies to maximise marks

2.45 – 3.30pm
  • Analysing high level answers to the short answer questions.
  • Potential pitfalls that can catch A* students out
  • Tweaking teaching strategies to the expectations of questions
  • What excellent answers look like and how to replicate this under exam conditions
  • Effective assimilation of topics in order to achieve the highest levels


London | Tuesday 06 December 2022

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London | Tuesday 06 December 2022

This course, tailored to suit, can be delivered in your school. Discuss this further with our CPD team on 01625 532974 or click below to make an enquiry.


Tamara White has taught A Level Biology and degree level courses in the biological sciences for over 13 years in the UK and in Europe. She trained with a PGCE in Further Education as well as a PGCert in Higher Education and has taught on a wide range of courses in the Biological Sciences. This includes being an examiner of A-Level Biology as well as course management of wildlife ecology degree courses.

She understands the knowledge and skills gaps that teachers may begin with and aims to bridge these gaps by providing applied examples and resources for teachers to take away.


  • Heads of Biology
  • Heads of Science
  • Teachers of AQA A-Level Biology


  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

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