Join Harjit for this course for teachers of AQA A Level Biology wishing to ensure consistently high achievement for their students across Paper 1 and 2. Teachers will leave with a comprehensive toolkit of successful teaching, ideas, resources and techniques enabling them to enhance their students’ confidence, knowledge and understanding of what examiners are looking for. The course will also enable teachers to raise achievement in students of all abilities and experience. Take away new ideas and activities to help engage and motivate your students in Year 12 and beyond. The course will be interactive with plenty of opportunity for discussion


  • Take away strategies to Improve students’ use of appropriate terms and terminology
  • Gain approaches and strategies for teaching the challenging 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
  • Teachers of AQA Biology
  • Heads of Biology
  • Heads of Science
  • 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 2019 exam and implications for teaching and learning

  • Feedback from AQA for 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?
  • Setting the appropriate standard from the start.

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

  • Effective approaches for teaching the topics, especially immunology, meiosis, dissociation curves
  • Developing student responses to topics such as mass transport, protein synthesis
  • Sequencing answers to longer response questions
  • Approaches to develop students’ ability to recognise specific figures or data in tables

11.30 – 11.45am
Coffee break and informal discussion

11.45– 12.45am
Teaching Paper 2:  topics 5-8 including relevant practical skills

  • Approaches on answering difficult questions on nerve impulse, transmission, muscles contraction, osmoregulation, inheritance and biochemistry.
  • Addressing why the application of practical skills in novel contexts is challenging
  • Strategies to improve students’ use of information or data provided in questions
  • Teaching strategies to improve students’ use of terminology and powers of expression

12.40 – 1.45 pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.45 –  2.45pm
The Mathematical Content

  • Tackling calculating ratios, fractions and percentages
  • 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
  • Effective teaching that incorporates maths-rich biological activities

2.45 – 3.00pm
Afternoon tea and informal discussion

3.00– 3.45pm
Practical skills Assessment in the exam questions

  • Tackling the challenge of linking the context of questions to the practicals
  • Using appropriate terminology to avoid vague responses
  • Understanding the practical assessment in different types of questions in Paper 1 and 2

3.45 pm

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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