DATE:  Monday 9 December 2019 4pm (1hr)
CODE: 7702


This webinar will provide an opportunity to review key topics in the energy transfers in and between organisms module. The focus of the webinar will be to develop knowledge, application and evaluation within the topics of respiration and photosynthesis.  There will be a targeted focus on past paper questions covering all assessment objectives. In addition, synoptic and required practical skills will be addressed.


  • Gain an excellent understanding of how to answer these challenging topics
  • Students will be taken through a range of data handling and synoptic questions with explanations of how to achieve full marks
  • Review examples of how to tackle questions on the required practicals related to these topics
  • Opportunities for students to ask questions and receive feedback
  • Receive a set of further questions to practice on in the lead up to the exams.


  • All students taking A-level Biology


Introduction, welcome and sound check


  • Key steps in glycolysis, link reaction, krebs cycle and oxidation phosphorylation.
  • Application of key concepts to a range of data handling and synoptic questions.
  • How to tackle organisms questions that require evaluation and analysis of data.


  • Key points from the light and light independent reactions.
  • Investigation into the effect of a named factor on the rate of dehydrogenase activity in extracts of chloroplasts.

Plenary – Review of the different question styles.    


Michael Brown

Michael has been an examiner for 15 years and has worked in post 16 education for 23 years, initially as an A-level Biology Tutor before progressing to Head of Department and finally STEM and Quality Initiatives Manager. He has had a positive effect on student’s aspirations and achievement; his Learner Voice results are always very positive and examination results have been consistently above benchmark for all KPI’s with excellent value added.

As a Head of Department he completed an ‘Exceeding Expectations’ management training course and is a strong and effective leader. His Science provision was chosen as part of OFSTED’s Good practice survey: Improving Sciences in Colleges. Michael was then seconded to another campus to improve science results and turned around the department within 12 months. During this time his college also reached the finals of the National STEMNET Awards for three consecutive years.

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