New to A level biology NY250 / B21

Start date
4 Jul 22
4 Days
National STEM Learning Centre, Siwards Way, York YO10 5DD How to find us


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?

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, Biology at the National STEM Learning Centre and freelance education consultant. Experienced former Head of...


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  


New to A level biology Day 104 July 202211:00-19:00National STEM Learning Centre
New to A level biology Day 2 05 July 202209:00-16:00National STEM Learning Centre
New to A level biology Day 314 November 202211:00-19:00National STEM Learning Centre
New to A level biology Day 415 November 202209:00-16:00National STEM Learning Centre


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

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If the course you would like to attend is fully booked, please contact to express your interest in being added to a waiting list. We will contact you when the course is due to run again.

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