Online | Tuesday 04 May 2021

CODE: 7478


This webinar gives students the opportunity to revisit the challenging topics examined in paper 2.  In addition, new topics to the specification will be covered. There will be a brief analysis of the common mistakes made by students in recent examinations with the opportunity to work through past questions that ensure students don’t make the same mistakes. We will then look at what examiners are looking for when tackling data handling questions. Students will have the opportunity to practice these skills through working questions on photosynthesis, the kidney, genetic engineering and succession.

The concepts covered in protein structure, transport mechanism and mutations will be applied to questions that are synoptic in nature. This part of the webinar will cover the topics of gene expression, action potentials an genetics.  Finally, the webinar will then provide students with the opportunity to tackle questions assessing the practical skills they have covered in class. Here we will work through the topics of respiration and ecology.

The session is designed to allow active participation by the students with time embedded for them to attempt questions before model answers are provided. Tips on common mistakes, importance of terminology and accuracy of student answers will be reinforced throughout the session.


  • Gain an excellent understanding of how best to answer the challenging topics on Paper 2
  • Focus on common mistakes that students make in the examinations and what the best students do well
  • Explore a range of data handling and synoptic questions with explanations of how to achieve full marks
  • Obtain examples of how to tackle questions on the required practicals
  • Review the 15 mark comprehension question.
  • Receive a set of further questions to practice on in the lead up to the exams.
  • Ask questions and receive feedback on how to revise and tackle A-level Biology Paper 2
  • Advice on effective strategies for revision


  • All students taking A-level Biology with AQA
  • This webinar will be of benefit to students studying with other awarding bodies


4.00 – 4.10pm: Common mistakes made by students with examples.

  • Review past paper questions and mistakes commonly made and how not to make them again.

4.10 – 4.20pm: Tips on how to be Successful in data handling questions with example questions to try.

  • Look at a range of past paper questions that require analysis of graphs and tables covering photosynthesis, the kidney and genetic engineering
  • Outline a successful approach to tackling these questions and the importance of using biological terms correctly.

4.25 – 4.35pm: Tips on tackling synoptic questions with example questions.

  • Examine links between different parts of the specification.
  • Try questions that are set in an unfamiliar context that assess the ability to apply the key concepts covered in gene expression, speciation and action potentials.

4.40 – 4.50pm: Practical questions: work through the key topics of respiration, photosynthesis and ecology.

  • What types of questions will you face?
  • Tackle a range of practical base questions that will apply the key concepts to the application of practical skills

4.50 – 5.00pm:  The 15 mark comprehension. 

  • Work through a previous past paper question covering the topic of the eye. This question will allow us to consolidate our understanding of the stem cells, Hardy Weinberg principle and sex linkage.

Michael Brown

Michael was an examiner for 18 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.