Inspiring post-16 biology NY501 / A20

Start date
17 May 21
2 Days
Learning Method
Remote Delivered CPD


As a subject, biology challenges students and teachers alike to deal with fast moving and ethically sensitive topics. New practical techniques, use of ICT, active and context based learning strategies can help students find tricky concepts inspiring.
This course provides many opportunities to develop engaging approaches to core topics in biology whilst discussing advances in biology which put the subject content into context. The aim is to improve the teaching of post-16 biology by engaging in a wide variety of stimulating sessions which introduce active and context based learning strategies.
There will be a strong focus on practical techniques to support and extend the skills of your students. You will work alongside teachers and research scientists to help students learn biology effectively.

Who is it for?

Intended for teachers who are experienced and confident in teaching secondary biology. It builds upon the strategies and techniques demonstrated in the 'New to A level biology' course.

What topics are covered?

This two day course covers:
  • physiology
  • genomics
  • plant biology
  • microscopy
  • genetic engineering
  • statistics
  • plant disease
  • respiration
Not sure yet? Here is a free taster which will give you a better understanding of what to expect once you join the course. Please note, this is a free short activity you can do in your own time.

How will you learn?

This course will be delivered remotely via Adobe Connect with participant tasks to be completed between sessions.

How long is this course?

This is two day intensive course.

Who is the course leader?

  • Mary Howell

    Professional Development Leader, Biology at the National STEM Learning Centre and freelance education consultant. Experienced former Head of...


By the end of this course, you will be able to: 
  • demonstrate ways to make the teaching of biology more engaging by making links to current research
  • practise and evaluate a range of techniques to make practical more engaging
  • describe developments in some key areas of contemporary biology
  • identify misconceptions held by students and develop a variety of teaching approaches to counter these  


Inspiring post-16 biology day 1 - (delivered remotely)17 May 202109:30-16:30Virtual
Inspiring post-16 biology day 2 - (delivered remotely)18 May 202109:00-16:00Virtual

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Additional information

Our remote CPD courses for teachers are delivered across a series of sessions run at specific times and dates. Information on all course sessions can be found under the description of each course. To complete a course, all sessions are mandatory.

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