Effective GCSE practical work: Biology NY316

Develop understanding of effective practical work at GCSE biology


Effective GCSE practical work: biology will provide you with a range of both practical and pedagogical experience to support practical science in your department. You will build the disciplinary knowledge required to teach practical work and investigate a joined-up approach to progression  across the curriculum. We will also look at developing concepts through practical work and how to build student understanding towards longer answer questions.  

This course is run at the same time as Effective practical work: chemistry and Effective practical work: physics, multiple participants may attend from one science department.

This course may support you with Science Benchmark 4 - Purposeful practical science

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Who is it for?

Teachers of GCSE science including Early Career Teachers (ECTs), experienced teachers, curriculum leads for biology

What topics are covered?

  • effective practical work, core practicals
  • additional practical work to use in teaching concepts from GCSE biology
  • developing student repsonse to practical questions
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?

Face to face

How long is this course?

This is a two day intensive course 


You will be able to:

  • develop your disciplinary knowledge to support practical assessment in biology
  • adopt strategies and techniques to develop students response to practical questions
  • expand your repertoire of science practical work that can be used in GCSE biology


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

Scheduled courses

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