Effective A Level practical work: Biology NY312

'Effective A Level Practical Work: Biology' will provide you with a range of practical and pedagogical knowledge to develop students CPAC practical and written answer skills.


Improve your delivery and support of your students with the required A level biology practical skills on this two day residential course.
With complex practical questions now commonplace in biology examinations it is important to have strategies for a wide range of both practical and subject experiences at your finger tips to support your students with the core practical skills. This course supports you to develop this and to work to develop your students ability to apply their skills to novel contexts.
Run alongside effective practical work:chemistry and effective practical work: physics, there is opportunity for you to customise your programme based upon your own personal and school priorities in order to gain the most out of your two days with us.

Who is it for?

For teachers who are new to teaching A level biology 

What topics are covered?

This two-day course covers:
  • better understanding of the CPAC required skills
  • Health and safety
  • pedagogical subject knowledge
  • core practical activites 
  • using novel contexts
  • mathematics in A level biology
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 two-day intensive course.


By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • develop your pedagogical subject knowledge to support practical assessment in biology
  • apply CPAC to all practical work not just required practical in order to develop student skills
  • adopt strategies and techniques to develop student responses to practical written questions

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