Preparing for practical teaching and assessment in A Level Biology RH510 / F01

Start date
11 Feb 19
1 Day
The Herts & Essex High School, Warwick Road, Bishop's Stortford CM23 5NJ View on Google Map


This course is designed to prepare teachers to make effective use of practical work in the new A level science courses and use them to improve outcomes for students
The incoming A level courses involve practical skills being developed and assessed in a different way. The stipulated activities are expected to be integrated with the teaching of topics so that they support the development of concepts and provide opportunities for a range of competencies to be developed and assessed. However, 15% of the marks in the final exams will also be based on these practical tasks and so teaching needs to ensure that students are prepared for these. The course looks at how the activities can be run effectively, used to support the awarding of the practical endorsement and to improve exam grades.


You will be able to:

  • support the development of the required practical competencies so that students master a range of skills, become effective laboratory practitioners and can be awarded the endorsement
  •  prepare students effectively for the assessment items in the external exam that are based on the stipulated practical tasks
  •  use the stipulated practical tasks and other investigations to improve students’ command of a range of concepts


Developing and assessing practical competences in A level biology 11 February 201910:00-15:30The Hertfordshire & Essex High School and Science College


Quotes from past participants:

“The most valuable and relevant course attended in years. Local venue really useful. It has saved me hours of time devising and trialling practicals. Also, new ideas to help learning of A level material.”

“ Great – really enjoyed it. Was engaging and got through a lot in a short space of time”

“Good format to the day. Good to have the freedom to experience a range of experiments”

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Fee-paying school or college (independent)Activity fee£160.00 +VAT
State-funded school or collegeActivity fee£160.00 +VAT

Additional information

For courses at the National STEM Learning Centre in York, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course. 


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