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Achieving 7-9 in AQA GCSE Biology

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This course is aimed for all teachers looking to maximise the attainment of their students into the top-level grades.

The course focuses on meeting the demands of the higher-level marking bands across all of the specification components, examining the characteristics of work produced by students working at the highest levels.

Delegates will take away a range of teaching approaches, ideas and activities designed to ensure students achieve 7-9 in AQA GCSE Biology.


  • Understand the assessment demands of the AQA GCSE Biology specification
  • Develop practical strategies for meeting the requirements of the higher bands across all components
  • Explore exemplar materials to identify characteristics of outstanding work
  • Increase confidence in preparing candidates to achieve Grades 7-9
  • Consider Examiner’s Reports from previous exam sessions


Achieving Grades 7 – 9 in AQA GCSE Biology: what does it involve?

10.00 – 10.45am
  • Review characteristics of Grades 7 – 9 students
  • Grades 7, 8, and 9: what are the differences between these?
  • Going from a grade 5 grade to grade 9
  • A 2-year course overview with the focus on top grades
  • Key messages from the most recent examination series for able students

Discussion: coffee break

10.45 – 11.00am

Strategies to achieve grades 7-9 in Paper 1

11.00 – 12.00pm
  • Examining strong exemplar responses for Cell Biology, Organisation, Infection and Response and Bioenergetics
  • Exploring practical activities for teaching paper 1 topics with able students
  • New and innovative ways to help the higher ability students to scaffold their extended answers

Aiming for grades 7-9 in Paper 2: stretching and challenging able students for a top grade

12.00 – 1.00pm
  • Examining strong exemplar responses for Homeostasis and Response, Inheritance, Variation, Evolution and Ecology
  • Exploring practical activities for teaching paper 2 topics with able students
  • What is excellent – unpicking the descriptors for a top band performance
  • Teaching techniques that challenge and push the most able students
  • What does a top band Paper 2 performance look like?
  • It’s the little things that count – focusing on the detail
  • Creative methods and approaches which engage higher ability students

Lunch and informal discussion

1.00 – 2.00pm

Applying Knowledge in Practicals – Exam Questions and Question types

2.00 – 2.45pm
  • Key messages from Summer 2022 Exams and preparation for 2023
  • Where do students struggle and how to support them
  • Practical based exam question examples
  • How students develop students’ written technique to gain maximum marks.
  • How to overcome difficulties and avoid pitfalls.

Discussion: afternoon tea

2.45 – 2.50pm

Strategies to really stretch top end students

2.50 – 3.30pm
  • Discover ways to take a good GCSE scientist and make them a great scientist
  • Challenges that face your more able students in exams
  • Practical solutions to proficiently assess able students both formatively and summative in the lead up to the exams.
  • Focus on the extended questions: what does a grade 7/9/ candidate need to do?


London | Tuesday 10 January 2023

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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.


Prishilla Narindar is currently Deputy head of Faculty and Science lead at Henry Cort College. With over 10 years’ experience in KS3 and KS4 science curriculum delivery in mainstream education and private tuition, she has led the local Science GCSE collaboration development group that partners with 8 schools and colleges.

Prishilla has also successfully led active learning, cognitive load association and assessment workshops whilst coaching PGCE and ITT students for local partnerships. She has also successfully piloted the able students programme in collaboration with local secondary schools, and has worked with Hampshire HIAS group to develop and strengthen science curriculum delivery.


  • Heads of Science/Biology
  • Teachers of AQA GCSE Biology
  • Teachers aiming to boost the higher achievers


  • 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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