Teaching Key Stage 4 biology NY305 / A22

Start date
27 Feb 23
2 Days
National STEM Learning Centre, Siwards Way, York YO10 5DD How to find us


Develop subject knowledge and pedagogical skills enabling the confident teaching of Key Stage 4 biology.
Are you new to teaching biology at Key Stage 4? Develop your pedagogical and subject knowledge with a focus on the key principles needed to teach biology effectively.
Teaching Key Stage 4 biology will support you by helping you to develop the use of stimulating demonstration and other practical activities. We will also cover a wide range of topics to help increase your subject knowledge. 

Who is it for?

For experienced teachers who are not scientists but are required to teach Key Stage 4 biology. Scientists who are not biology specialists or teachers who have limited experience of delivering Key Stage 4 biology. 

What topics are covered?

This two-day course covers:
  • addressing common misconceptions in biology
  • core biology practicals
  • development of key biology practical skills  
  • respiration
  • osmosis
  • practical management and making risk assessment

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 residential course.

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:
  • develop your knowledge and understanding of key biology principles
  • teach Key Stage 4 biology with increased confidence using a range of teaching strategies to assess student's prior understanding
  • develop your management of practical activities and making risk assessment


Teaching key stage 4 biology - day 127 February 202311:00-19:00National STEM Learning Centre
Teaching key stage 4 biology - day 228 February 202309:00-16:00National STEM Learning Centre


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


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Additional information

If the course you would like to attend is fully booked, please contact enquiries@stem.org.uk 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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