This new course will demonstrate new and innovative teaching approaches, methods and ideas for enlivening A-level Biology teaching and improving student performance, especially on tricky topics and subject areas. Led by our highly experienced speaker and practising teacher, Dr Harjit Singh, this course will provide strategies and methods by which teachers can go beyond teaching the specification content into successful approaches which push and inspire all students to achieve more successfully in the final exams.


  • Take away a range of approaches to tackling A Level Biology
  • Gain increased understanding of the skills examiners are looking for
  • Consider different approaches in the delivery of the most difficult topics
  • Develop approaches to data related and maths questions
COURSE DATES London Monday 10 June 2019
London Friday 18 October 2019
  • Heads of Biology
  • All Teachers of AQA Biology A level
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


10.00 – 10.30am
Issues arising from the 2019 A level Biology Exam Series

  • Discussion and review of the summer 2019 exam papers
  • Challenge, demands and outcomes, including feedback from AQA: where students actually struggle and why
  • How this should impact on our teaching of the course: what to change and what to emphasise

10.30 – 11.30am
Inspirational Teaching Topics 1-4, including relevant practical skills

  • Examples of outstanding lesson plans and teaching ideas for Topics 1 – 4, especially in the harder topics such as immunology, meiosis, dissociation curves
  • Ways to use exam questions effectively as an aid to highlight the importance of the stem of a question and command words
  • Active approaches to developing student responses to topics such mass transport, protein synthesis – teaching ideas and approaches that
  • How to sequence answers to longer response questions successfully

11.30 – 11.45am
Discussion: coffee break

11.45 – 12.45pm
Fresh approaches for teaching the challenging content of Topics 5-8

  • New strategies and ideas to enliven the delivery of harder topics: respiration, nerve transmission and gene expression
  • Evaluating strategies for teaching improved understanding data related questions
  • Explore a range of activities and models to fill the gaps where students struggle including nerve impulse, transmission, muscles contraction, osmoregulation, inheritance

12.45 – 1.45pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.45 – 2.30pm
The Mathematical Content: enthusing and ensuring synoptic understanding

  • Engaging students with the teaching of maths skills
  • New ways to develop evaluation skills needed to answer questions effectively
  • Supporting students with maths skills they need to demonstrate when handling data
  • Critical analysis of experimental data
  • Ways to address misconceptions with statistical tests with your students
  • Effective teaching that incorporates maths-rich biological activities

2.30 – 2.40pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.40 – 3.40pm
Papers 1, 2 and 3: Assessment of the Practical skills in the exam questions

  • Best approaches to integrating the 12 Practical Investigations into your teaching
  • Understanding the practical assessment in different types of questions in Paper s1, 2 and 3
  • Identifying where and why students struggle to gain the marks in Practical skills
  • Teaching approaches to ensure students maximise their achievement

3.40 – 3.45pm
Plenary and depart

Dr Harjit K Singh

Dr Harjit K 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.

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