New to teaching A level biology NY250 / C23

Start date
1 Jul 24
4 Days
National STEM Learning Centre, Siwards Way, York YO10 5DD How to find us

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Are you starting out teaching A level biology? Even for teachers with a biology background it can be daunting to deliver for the first time. This course will support you with effective teaching and learning at A level in biology. Common student misconceptions, the key substantive knowledge as well as practical techniques will be investigated, with ample hands-on practice to hone your approach to student learning.
This course will also help teachers new to A level to lead and support outstanding practical biology, linking it to effective pedagogy within the subject.
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Who is it for?

For teachers who are new to teaching advanced level biology or who are non-specialist science teachers taking on advanced level biology.

What topics are covered?

During the course we will cover:
  • microscopy
  • genetics and evolution
  • ecology and animal behaviour
  • respiration
  • core practical skills
  • photosynthesis
  • maths skills for biologists
  • enzymes
  • statistics
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 face to face with participant tasks to be completed between sessions.

How long is this course?

This is a four day intensive residential course split into two residential periods of two days each.

Who is the course leader?

  • Mary Howell

    Professional Development Leader and Freelance education consultant with an interest in literacy through science, active learning, plant science...


By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • develop your understanding of key concepts within advanced level biology
  • identify student misconceptions through diagnostic questions
  • enhance practical skills to ensure students gain mastery of core experimental techniques


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This is a residential course, fees include meals and accommodation for the duration of the course.

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