This refreshed and reinvigorated course is aimed at all teachers of A level Biology who are looking for approaches to support students in raising standards in tckling the maths and data analysis questions, and for high standard quality responses in applying practical skills in essay questions.

The course is for teachers of all examination boards.

Recent results show that student performance in these areas remains weak; despite their Maths GCSE and practical experiences in Science at GCSE, many students find it hard to transfer these skills to a biological setting.

This course provides refreshed approaches and ideas that will enable students to be able to tackle questions with confidence. Biology teachers can find the Maths aspect of A level Biology specification challenging to teach in an engaging way and our highly experienced Biology teacher and examiner will demonstrate how to integrate the teaching of both maths and the practical skills so that students can gain the most possible in their exams.


  • Gain new approaches for ensuring that students can tackle the maths and data analysis questions with full confidence
  • Discover successful methods for integrating maths and practical skills into teaching of the course
  • Develop new teaching approaches for the practical skills and ensuring students can utilise these with unfamiliar contexts
  • Obtain example answers and ideas that ensure success in the A level Biology exams
COURSE DATES Online | Friday 12 November 2021

London | Friday 13 February 2022

  • All teachers of A level Biology
  • Heads of Department for A level Biology
  • Heads of Science Faculties
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance


10-11.00am: Effective Ways to Fully Integrate Maths and Practical Skills into Your Teaching

  • Feedback from recent exam reports on key areas where students succeed and struggle in A level Biology in Maths and Practical Skills Testing
  • The challenges for planning and teaching and ways to overcome them
  • Interesting and different ways to fully integrating skills teaching into your Biology A level curriculum
  • Ensuring the depth of skills knowledge and understanding is in place in your planning

11.00 -11.20am: Break

11.20- 12.20pm: Developing the Maths and Data Analysis Skills in Context

  • Identifying the best places to teach the maths skills within specification areas
  • Where students make mistakes with Maths – reviewing example answers to assess what makes the difference between grades

Key areas for development

  • Linking Maths skills with specification content
  • Maths skills in questions
  • Calculations using spreadsheets
  • Unit conversions
  • Log graphs
  • Decimal places and significant figures

12.20 – 1.00pm : Accessing Grades A/A* in the Maths and Data Analysis Exam Questions

1.00-2.00pm: Lunch

2- 3pm: Practical Skills: successfully linking Practical skills with A level Biology exam questions

  • Why students struggle to identify the practical skills within a question
  • Where students make mistakes with practical skills – teaching strategies to prevent this

Key areas for development:

  • Understanding and selecting key terminology
  • Dealing with the familiar in unfamiliar contexts
  • Interpreting and explaining data
  • Evaluation of procedures and conclusions
  • Teaching approaches to embed synoptic thinking in A level Biologists

3-3.45pm A level Biology exam methods and tests, including Statistical tests

  • Step-by-step procedures when calculating statistical values
  • Choosing which test to use – Chi Squared, Spearman Rank, correlation coefficient, t-test with experimental data
  • Interpretation of the different statistical tests beyond Ecology
  • Analysing examples of when to utilise the relevant skills for high marks
  • Examples responses to questions and question types

Harjit Singh

Dr 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.