AQA A Level Biology: A Complete Guide for New Teachers
ABOUT THIS COURSE
This course offers an introduction and overview to teaching the AQA A-level Biology programme of study for anyone in their first 3 years of teaching the course, or for anyone lacking confidence in delivering the course effectively. While assessment materials will be drawn from the AQA course, many of the ideas will be applicable to other specifications.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
Provide teachers of A-level Biology with the material and confidence to teach effectively to all ability ranges
Obtain quality understanding of the key challenge areas and how to teach them
Explore how the maths and practical skills can be embedded throughout the course
Gain insight into the content, the exam structure and the how exams are marked.
Leave with a set of resources and scheme of work for the full 2 year course
Understanding of how to differentiate using scaffold and stretch strategies for essay writing
Overview of the AQA A-level Biology course including challenges and what to expect from pupils
10.00 – 10.30am
Ensuring students and teachers hit the ground running in September – introducing the scheme of work and baseline assessment
Recognising which areas will be most challenging for you and how to address these issues
How to develop a teaching plan that reflects the assessment objective weightings and the areas which require more intense teaching
Identifying your support network and making the most of it – particularly in a small department
Ensuring topic areas which create the foundation for success – incorporating them into
Expectations at A Level
10.30 – 11.20am
The transition between GCSE and A level
What do successful A Level students do?
What do Grade A/A* response look like?
What do Grade D responses look like?
Synoptic skills and how to use these in your teaching
Discussion: coffee break
11.20 – 11.40am
Approaches to Effectively Teaching the Maths and Practical Skills
11.40 – 12.40pm
Effective methods and approaches for integrating maths and practical skills into teaching of the course
How to integrate practical skills and theoretical content to help students write about their practical work confidently
Practical strategies and approaches in the key challenges in teaching maths and practical skills
Lunch and informal discussion
12.40 – 1.40pm
Key Ideas for teaching the content knowledge from Paper 1
1.40 – 2.40pm
Pitfalls and easy wins when teaching Biological Molecules, Cells, Organisms, exchange substances and their environment
Teaching for success; how to support students to remember key concepts and begin to apply them – interleaving and retrieval strategies
Teaching across the ability range; how to ensure top students are challenged, while not leaving lower ability students behind.
Lessons from the exam boards and how to implement them in the classroom.
Planning and structuring
2.40 – 3.15pm
Curriculum issues – Intent, Implementation and assessing Impact Milestones for success, what should students have mastered by the end of year 12
Assessment time tables, when, what and how and how to balance this with whole school assessment schedules
Time management – how to plan so that you can mark efficiently and effectively; use of peer assessment
The exams – what is expected
3.15 – 3.45pm
Overview of all three papers by AQA, what are they looking for?
Teaching towards the ’endgame’, what language to use, ensure you are marking ‘like the examiner’ and secure grading
Focus on essay structure in exams, how to pick up easy marks, and what top grade responses look like
London | Friday 08 December 2023
London | Thursday 01 February 2024
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.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND
ECTs in Biology
Those teaching A-Level Biology for the first time
Teachers lacking in confidence in the qualification
Heads of Biology
Heads of Science
THIS COURSE INCLUDES
A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course