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AQA A-Level Biology: Achieving Outstanding Results in Paper 2

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This excellent new course is designed for AQA A-Level Biology teachers aiming to enhance their expertise in preparing students for success in Paper 2 The course will delve into key strategies for understanding the exam structure, tackling various question types effectively, providing an intense, advanced, focus on deconstructing questions from paper 1 and deciphering example responses. There will also be a focus on pedagogy for paper 2, but most importantly on preparing students for the exam. This course will provide a focus on raising a grade B to a grade A/A* and how to do this with specific topics from paper 2. The course will include a section on exam tactics and techniques, with what examiners need to see and how to get your students to do this. .


  • Gain a deep understanding of how to deliver topics from paper 2 with a focus and purpose to improve attainment
  • Increase the number of students with potential for the highest grades in this paper
  • Explore many topics from paper 2 with suggestions on how to maintain focus on the end attainment
  • Develop a teaching philosophy that is informed, targeted and effective, with proven strategies for teaching challenging content
  • Enhance your ability to guide students in effective exam preparation
  • Gain resources that you can take away for immediate use in the classroom


Examining the Components of Paper 2 and Embedding Effective Pedagogy

10.00 – 10.30am
  • Examining the specific requirements of paper 2 – analysing the assessment objectives and their implications
  • Understanding the weighting and different sections in the exam
  • Identifying the key challenges in this paper and the key skills required for success
  • Reviewing the most recent exam – learning from previous mistakes
  • Developing smart and effective pedagogy that maximises attainment

Energy Transfers in and between Organisms

10.30 – 11.10am
  • Developing engaging teaching strategies for complex concepts
  • Identifying, addressing and creating specific lesson ideas for challenging content
  • How this is likely to be examined – the question types
  • Past questions to inform your teaching

Morning Break

11.10 – 11.30am

Organisms Respond to Changes in their Internal and External Environments

11.30 – 12.20pm
  • Tackling the problematic areas in Cells
  • Building student confidence in dealing with difficult topics
  • How Cells are likely to be examined
  • Past questions to inform your teaching


12.10 – 1.10pm

Genetics, Populations, Evolution and Eco-systems

1.10 – 1.50pm
  • Lesson ideas – integrating real-life examples for better comprehension
  • Developing teaching strategies for complex concepts
  • How this is likely to be examined – the question types
  • Past questions to inform your teaching

The Control of Gene Expression

1.50– 2.30pm
  • Effective strategies to navigate tricky areas
  • Grappling with complex topics – ensure success with your cohort
  • Understanding the anticipated examination structure for the topic
  • Drawing insights from past examination questions to enhance your teaching methods

Ensuring Success in Extended Writing Questions

2.30– 3.10pm
  • A look at sample responses and why they have been marked, how they have been marked
  • Developing an approach to marking that enables progression of all students
  • Marking task: a short, interactive session which involves marking sample responses
  • Good habits when marking extended writing questions

Afternoon Break

3.10 – 3.15pm

Effective Exam Preparation Strategies

3.15 – 3.45pm
  • Developing comprehensive revision plans for students
  • Implementing formative assessment strategies throughout the course
  • Exploring resources and tools for effective exam preparation
  • Addressing common pitfalls and challenges in the lead-up to the exam


London | Friday 22 March 2024

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.


Dr Harjit Singh is an experienced teacher and senior examiner for A-Level Biology. She has taught and examined A-Level Biology for over 25 years, IB Biology for 8 years as well as BTEC Applied Science. She is a published author of the Key Skills and Knowledge Booster Biology and co-author of Key Skills and Knowledge Booster BTEC Science Applied and Vocational courses. She has presented many biology courses for teachers, student revision conferences and online web conferences. She is also involved in presenting international IB student revision courses.


  • Experienced AQA A-Level Biology teachers
  • Teachers new to AQA A-Level Biology
  • Heads of 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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