This course, suitable for teachers teaching  the AQA A-Level Biology specifications who wish to ensure consistently high achievement for their students across all components. Teachers will leave with a large toolkit of successful teaching resources and techniques enabling them to improve their students’ confidence, knowledge and understanding of what examiners are looking for. As a result, the course will enable teachers to raise achievement in students of all abilities and experience.


  • Improve marks on the mathematical skills assess and the Statistical analysis and understanding of P values.
  • Take away strategies to Improve students’ use of appropriate terms and terminology
  • Gain approaches and strategies for teaching the newer topic areas
  • Find out new ideas and approaches for teaching the Practical Skills
  • Develop further understanding of marking and assessment, explore examples
  • Effective approaches to exam technique to ensure students answer the exam questions that are being asked
COURSE DATES London Friday 18 October 2019
  • Heads of Biology
  • All Teachers of AQA Biology A level
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


10.00 – 10.30am
Feedback from 2018 (and 2019) and implications for teaching and learning

  • Feedback from AQA for 2018 (and 2019) – what key issues and successes did the examiners raise and how can be integrate them into our teaching ?
  • What are the qualities we look for in an outstanding A level student?
  • Building the foundations for A level at GCSE
  • Setting the appropriate standard from the start

10.30 – 11.30am
Teaching Paper 1: topics 1-4, including relevant practical skills

  • Understanding the level-based mark schemes – what makes a strong A Level response?
  • Ways to help students recognise specific figures or data in tables and how marks will be directly related to it
  • Effective Approaches for teaching the topics,  especially immunology, meiosis, dissociation curves
  • Ways to use exam questions effectively to highlight the importance of the stem of a question and command words
  • Developing student responses to topics such mass transport, protein synthesis
  • How to sequence answers to longer response questions successfully

11.30 – 11.45am
Discussion: coffee break

11.45 – 12.45pm
Teaching Paper 2:  topics 5-8 including relevant practical skill

  • Addressing why students find questions that required the application of practical skills in novel contexts challenging
  • Strategies to improve students’ use of information or data provided in the questions
  • Approaches which work with students when answering the difficult questions, including  nerve impulse, transmission, muscles contraction, osmoregulation, inheritance
  • Teaching strategies to Improve students’ use of terminology and powers of expression

12.45 – 1.45pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.45 – 2.30pm
The Mathematical Content

  • Tackling how to calculate ratios, fractions and percentages on exam questions
  • Using calculators well to find and use power,  exponential and logarithmic functions
  • Practical methods to help students select a stats test, appropriate for given data
  • New ways to develop evaluation skills needed to answer questions effectively
  • Critical analysis of experimental data
  • Effective teaching that incorporates maths-rich biological activities

2.30 – 2.40pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.40 – 3.40pm
Papers 1, 2 and 3: Assessment of the Practical skills in the exam questions

  • Tackling the challenge of linking the context of questions to the practical’s they had carried out
  • Using appropriate terminology from the published glossary to avoid vague responses
  • Understanding the practical assessment in different types of questions in Paper 1, 2 and 3

3.40 – 3.45pm
Plenary and depart

Dr Harjit K Singh

Dr Harjit K 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.

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AQA A-level