New to A level biology NY250

Are you new to teaching A level biology? Do you have sound subject knowledge but want to strengthen your delivery to provide a stimulating and challenging experience for your students?


Summary

Biology is a fast changing subject which involves the teaching of ethically sensitive topics. Even teachers with a background in biology can find some of these issues daunting to deliver for the first time. You will meet researchers raising awareness of contemporary biology applications and careers.
 
Through the development of new practical techniques and context based learning strategies this course will provide a foundation for those with little or no experience of teaching advanced level biology. We will address common misconceptions and consider ways of assessing students understanding and learning.

 


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?

This four day course covers:
 
  • ⚪   microscopy

    ⚪   genetics and evolution

    ⚪   ecology and animal behaviour

    ⚪   respiration

    ⚪   core practical skills

    ⚪   photosynthesis

    ⚪   maths skills for biologists

    ⚪   enzymes

    ⚪   statistics


How long is the course?

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

Who are the course leaders?

  • Gill Gunnill

    Secondary Biology Professional Development Leader, based at the National STEM Learning Centre in York.

  • Mary Howell

    Secondary Biology Professional Development Leader, based at the National STEM Learning Centre in York.

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Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:
 
  • ✔️   identify student misconceptions through diagnostic questions

    ✔️   develop your understanding of key concepts within advanced biology

    ✔️   enhance your practical skills

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