Monday 26 April 2021

CODE: 8348


This webinar will help candidates prepare for the OCR A Level Biology Paper 1. In particular students will receive guidance on how to answer exam questions in a way that will maximise their marks.  This will include strategies for answering different styles of question including multiple choice, data analysis and levels of response. The webinar will focus on AO2 and AO3 skills and give students advice on how to develop these skills through their own private study activities. The importance of being able to work with information in unfamiliar contexts will be emphasised.  Module 5 topics will be explored, with synoptic links to modules 2 and 3


  • Discover how to tackle different styles of question
  • Guidance on how to improve marks in the exam
  • Advice on effective study skills
  • Find out what the examiners are looking for
  • Explore questions on topics from modules 2,3 and 5


  • All students taking A-level Biology


4.00 – 4.05 How to prepare for A level Biology exams

  • Understanding what the AO2 and AO3 skills require
  • Exploring how this should affect your preparation for the exams

4.05 – 4.20 How to approach multiple choice questions

  • Looking at strategies for answering multiple choice questions
  • Studying examples of how to approach some of the more challenging questions

4.20 – 4.35 Levels of response questions. 

  • Analysing the question to identify the level 3 requirements.
  • Making sure the Communication mark is gained

4.35 – 4.50 Data analysis questions.

  • Identifying some simple tips to improve data analysis skills

4.50 – 5.00 Synoptic questions  

  • Improving your marks in synoptic questions
  • Identifying some synoptic links in units 2,3 and 5

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.