DATE:  Wednesday 27 November 2019 4pm (1hr)
CODE: 7703


This webinar provides an opportunity to review key topics in the biological modules, boosting student understanding of how to succeed in the exams.   Join Mike as he shows how to develop knowledge, application and evaluation within the topics of carbohydrates, proteins and enzymes and get access to the full mark range.  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 tackle challenging biological molecules topics.
  • Explore typical questions and question types on carbohydrates, proteins and enzymes
  • Review examples of how to tackle questions on the required practicals
  • 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

Carbohydrates and proteins

  • Structure, function and formation of polymers
  • Bonding
  • Calibration curves and how to identify the concentration of unknown solutions


  • The properties of an enzyme: the tertiary structure of its active site and its ability to combine with complementary substrate(s)
  • Protein structure and specificity
  • Factors affecting the rate of enzyme-controlled reactions

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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Carbohydrates, proteins and enzymes