Online | Wednesday 28 April 2021
Online | Thursday 24 June 2021

CODE: 8350


This webinar will help students prepare for the indirect assessment of practical skills in Papers 1, 2 and 3.  It will cover planning, implementing, analysis and evaluation.  Key terms will be emphasised throughout along with skills of data presentation and analysis.


  • Improve your understanding of the key terms required when answering practical-based questions
  • Guidance on how to interpret questions to identify what the examiner is looking for
  • Checklists to use when answering questions
  • Revision activities to increase your understanding of practical skills
  • Understanding the maths skills that will be tested within practical-based questions


  • All students taking A-level Biology


4.00 – 4.20 Planning and implementing

  • Choosing the most appropriate apparatus and techniques
  • Understanding variables and controls
  • Planning for precision, accuracy and validity

4.20 – 4.40 Data presentation and analysis

  • How to present and process your data – some essential techniques including percentage change, rates, standard form and significant figures
  • Interpreting the results of statistical tests

4.40 – 5.00 Evaluation 

  • Does the data support the conclusion?
  • An evaluation checklist
  • Identifying key terms in 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.