Preparing for practical work

To make sure our courses help your students become capable and confident scientists, we’ve put practical work at the heart of our new AS and A level Biology B specifications. We’ve created many resources to help you and your students with each aspect of practical work – from planning and carrying out the experiments, to honing investigative skills. 

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Core practicals directory and mapping documents

Our mapping document shows the list of core practicals, matched to the essential skills and techniques in our specifications. The mapping document also shows you our recommendations for which CPAC skills to assess on each core practical.

Worksheets

Teacher, technician and student worksheets detailing the procedure, apparatus and safety instructions for each core practical will be available for you to use.

Resources for developing investigative skills

Our teacher materials for developing investigative skills will support you with integrating practical work and the teaching of investigative skills into your lessons.

There’ll also be student materials for developing investigative skills that will encourage a deeper understanding of the underlying science behind practicals, guide students to think independently as scientists and help their preparations for AS and A level assessments.

Practical Resources to support the teaching of practical skills

The document contains details to support the teaching of A level Biology in England. Resources are contributed by the Society of Biology, Nuffield Foundation, Science and Plants for Schools, British Ecological Society, Biochemical Society, Field Studies Council, Society for General Microbiology and the Wellcome Trust.

Core practicals directory

Our list of core practicals will help you find the information you need quickly and easily.

Mapping documents

Our mapping documents match the core practicals to the essential skills appendix in our specifications.

Worksheets

Teacher, technician and student worksheets detailing the procedure, apparatus and safety instructions for each core practical will be available for you to use.

Investigative skills resources

Our teacher materials for developing investigative skills will support you with integrating practical work and the teaching of investigative skills into your lessons.

There will also be student materials for developing investigative skills that will encourage a deeper understanding of the underlying science behind practicals, guiding students to think independently as scientists and helping their preparations for AS and A level assessment.