This collection of resources from SAPS is designed to support the use of practicals across various A-level biology 2015 specifications for England (OCR, AQA, Edexcel and Eduqas).

The resources include:

  • Tested materials to support the A-level practical endorsement in England (CPAC)
  • Support materials for teachers and technicians
  • Student worksheet to help provide evidence for meeting the practical skills requirements
  • Student revision materials to help prepare for exams

Resource 1: Dissection and microscopy of a plant stem

Resource 2: Investigating water transport in plants using a potometer

Resource 3: Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC) of plant photosynthetic pigments 

Resource 4: Factors affecting rates of photosynthesis 



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TLC for Plant Pigments Involved in Photosynthesis

One of a series of resources from Science & Plants for Schools (SAPS) investigating key topics in plant biology. This reliable and enjoyable practical gives students the opportunity to observe the different pigments involved in photosynthesis using thin layer chromatography (TLC). A low-cost method to get the...

A-level set practicals: using a potometer

This resource from SAPS supports the use of practicals across 2015 A level biology specifications.


A-level set practicals: dissection and microscopy of a plant stem

This experiment provides a quick and eye-catching way to teach about the vascular tissue in plants and the structure of plant stems. It provides students with the opportunity to develop (and demonstrate) their scientific drawing skills as well as their use of a light microscope and eye-piece graticule.


A-level set practicals: TLC of plant photosynthetic pigments

This resource, from SAPS, supports the use of practicals across 2015 A-level biology specifications.