Online | Tuesday 23 March 2021

Online | Tuesday 06 July 2021

CODE: 8233


Most students find the progression from GCSE to A level challenging and even the more able students can lose confidence in the first term as they find the course more difficult than they expected.

This webinar aims to build confidence by focusing on the skills students will need to apply their knowledge to A level questions as well as revisiting some key concepts from GCSE to illustrate how these will be relevant to A level topics.


  • Understand how GCSE knowledge will be developed in the A level course
  • Identify the skills that are required for A level success
  • Review three key concepts: enzymes, osmosis and the importance of surface area. GCSE knowledge will be recapped before looking at how these concepts will be developed at A level.
  • A set of notes including follow-up questions and skill-building activities.


4.00 – 4.05  pm Welcome and Introduction

4.05 pm:  From GCSE to A level: the key to success

  • Skills needed for A level to include the importance of communication, analytical and mathematical skills.
  • Why these skills are important – how the weighting of A level assessment objectives differs from GCSE
  • How to survive the first term
    • having realistic expectations
    • private study techniques that develop A level skills
    • effective use of past paper mark schemes

4.10 pm: Key concept – Enzymes                              

  • Recap – building on GCSE knowledge which will involve revision of the GCSE content before introducing some of the detail and terminology that will be covered at A level.
  • Why enzymes are so important – students will be given a couple of minutes to consider this before it is summarised
  • Example exam question – A GCSE level question is compared with an A level question to illustrate how their GCSE knowledge will be extended at A level.

4.25 pm: Key concept – Surface area                                                                      

  • Using maths skills in Biology questions – students revise SA:V ratio by completing a calculation plus an example of an A level question. This will be linked to the idea of reducing diffusion distance.
  • Why this topic is important – students will be given a couple of minutes to recall examples of the importance of surface area that they have already studied before looking at a few examples they will cover at A level
  • The importance of membranes in living organisms – an introduction to membrane structure and functions

4.40 pm: Key concept –   Osmosis                                                                             

  • Using the correct terminology
  • What exactly is osmosis? Definition plus an explanation of what happens and why.
  • Example exam question – an A level question for students to have a go at

4.55 pm: Any Questions?


Fiona Jones

Fiona Jones has taught A level Biology for 38 years, for much of this time in a management role.  She has successfully led teams through curriculum change and has a breadth of experience encompassing many aspects of post-16 education.  Fiona is an experienced trainer and has delivered a range of courses for both students and teachers. As an A level examiner she understands how important it is that students acquire and develop the skills necessary for success.

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