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I'd like to share with you some of the resources I have spent a lot of time making whilst studying A level biology. Everything here helped me acheive an A* in 2017... with a little hard work, you can too! I'm now also a biology tutor and some of my resources here I use in my sessions.

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I'd like to share with you some of the resources I have spent a lot of time making whilst studying A level biology. Everything here helped me acheive an A* in 2017... with a little hard work, you can too! I'm now also a biology tutor and some of my resources here I use in my sessions.
NEW SPEC AS BIOLOGY AQA FULL REVISION NOTES A/A* + required practical exam questions workbook (a level year 1)

NEW SPEC AS BIOLOGY AQA FULL REVISION NOTES A/A* + required practical exam questions workbook (a level year 1)

This is a revision booklet I have made for the new AQA AS (A level year 1) biology specification. I used these notes only alongside practice exam Q’s (although there are already quite a few included) and achieved an A* in A Level Biology… you can too! It has been presented in a concise and memorable way and can be used as it is or converted into your own flashcards or mind map. There are example exam questions and answers so that all parts of the spec have been covered i.e. data interpretation questions and some application questions. Perfect for students aiming for an A/A* due to its depth and breadth but also beneficial for all biology students as it covers all areas of the specification (everything you could be asked) in an accessible way. How did I make this? The layout is based around the SPECIFICATION, and therefore covers exactly what sudents need to know, making revision much more EFFECTIVE. I based a lot of the content around exam questions, and the points that I have found are often on MARK SCHEMES. This is crucial because the mark schemes in biology are so SPECIFIC! I found this was a much more effective resource than normal revision books and textbooks. Includes full revision booklets for: Topic 1 Biological molecules Topic 2 Cells Topic 3 Organisms exchange substances with their environment Topic 4 Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms PLUS AS required practical exam question workbook This resource but WITHOUT practical workbook: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/new-spec-as-biology-aqa-full-revision-notes-a-a-11873022
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NEW A Level Biology AQA Required practical pack

NEW A Level Biology AQA Required practical pack

NEW SPEC required practical exam questions workbook A level biology year 2 (A2) NEW SPEC required practical exam questions workbook AS biology (A level year 1) Plus… a bonus revision summary to try out for photosynthesis including practical notes
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ULTIMATE AS Biology revision | A* revision notes and exam questions by topic | AQA new specification

ULTIMATE AS Biology revision | A* revision notes and exam questions by topic | AQA new specification

SAVE over 80% THIS WEEK ONLY The ULTIMATE bundle for the new specification AS biology AQA: everything here I made and used to get an A* in A Level biology last year. Included: 4 revision booklets for topics 1-4. Their layout is based around the specification, and therefore covers exactly what sudents need to know, making revision much more effective. I based a lot of the content around exam questions, and the points that I have found are often on mark schemes. This is crucial because the mark schemes in biology are so specific! I found this was a much more effective resource than normal revision books and textbooks. Required practicals 1-6 exam question workbooks Exam questions by topic for almost all of the specification*
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NEW SPEC required practical exam questions workbook AS biology (A level year 1)

NEW SPEC required practical exam questions workbook AS biology (A level year 1)

Even students who can recite the specification backwards tend to drop lots of marks on exam questions relating to practical activities, since they find that the style of question isn't 'revisable'. However, overall, at least 15% of the marks for an A-level Biology qualification will require the assessment of practical skills (AQA A Level Biology Specification 7401/7402). So, using this workbook to get to grips with this difficult style of question can considerably improve a students grade, and typically be the difference between getting an A* instead of an A, or an A instead of a B. This required practical exam questions workbook was made by and first tested by a student who got an A* in 2017. It contains 64 pages of exam questions and mark schemes. These are arranged into 6 sections, covering each of the 6 required practicals for AQA AS biology (A level year 1). As well as AQA of course, exam questions have been collated from exam boards including OCR, Edexcel and WJEC, where there are some overlapping practicals. Therefore, this workbook would also be useful for other exam boards. 1. Investigation into the effect of a named variable on the rate of an enzyme-controlled reaction 2. Preparation of stained squashes of cells from plant root tips; set- up and use of an optical microscope to identify the stages of mitosis in these stained squashes and calculation of a mitotic index 3. Production of a dilution series of a solute to produce a calibration curve with which to identify the water potential of plant tissue 4. Investigation into the effect of a named variable on the permeability of cell-surface membranes 5. Dissection of animal or plant gas exchange system or mass transport system or of organ within such a system 6. Use of aseptic techniques to investigate the effect of antimicrobial substances on microbial growth There are also 6 required practicals for A level biology year 2 (A2), which are covered in a separate workbook: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/new-spec-required-practical-exam-questions-workbook-a-level-biology-year-2-a2-11658091 For other A Level Biology resources please do have a look in my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/alevelbioboss
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NEW SPEC AS BIOLOGY AQA FULL REVISION NOTES A/A* + required practical exam questions workbook (a level year 1)

NEW SPEC AS BIOLOGY AQA FULL REVISION NOTES A/A* + required practical exam questions workbook (a level year 1)

This is a revision booklet I have made for the new AQA AS (A level year 1) biology specification. I used these notes only alongside practice exam Q’s (although there are already quite a few included) and achieved an A* in A Level Biology… you can too! It has been presented in a concise and memorable way and can be used as it is or converted into your own flashcards or mind map. There are example exam questions and answers so that all parts of the spec have been covered i.e. data interpretation questions and some application questions. Perfect for students aiming for an A/A* due to its depth and breadth but also beneficial for all biology students as it covers all areas of the specification (everything you could be asked) in an accessible way. How did I make this? The layout is based around the SPECIFICATION, and therefore covers exactly what sudents need to know, making revision much more EFFECTIVE. I based a lot of the content around exam questions, and the points that I have found are often on MARK SCHEMES. This is crucial because the mark schemes in biology are so SPECIFIC! I found this was a much more effective resource than normal revision books and textbooks. Includes full revision booklets for: Topic 1 Biological molecules Topic 2 Cells Topic 3 Organisms exchange substances with their environment Topic 4 Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms PLUS AS required practical exam question workbook This resource but WITHOUT practical workbook: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/new-spec-as-biology-aqa-full-revision-notes-a-a-11873022
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NEW SPEC AS BIOLOGY AQA FULL REVISION NOTES A/A* (a level year 1)

NEW SPEC AS BIOLOGY AQA FULL REVISION NOTES A/A* (a level year 1)

THE AIM I’ve condensed the whole AS Level Biology AQA course into a series of topic by topic guides and tutorials, consisting of exactly what you need to know. What’s more, I’ve analysed 10+ years of past papers and used the points commonly found on mark schemes. The aim of my revision resources is not just to help students understand biology; but to help them understand exactly what the examiners are looking for. CONTENTS OF THIS BUNDLE Revision booklets for: Topic 1 Biological molecules Topic 2 Cells Topic 3 Organisms exchange substances with their environment Topic 4 Genetic information, variation and relationships between organisms Check out my shop for more: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/alevelbioboss
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NEW AS Biology AQA topic 2 CELLS revision book - A*/A grade

NEW AS Biology AQA topic 2 CELLS revision book - A*/A grade

This is a revision booklet I have made for the new AQA AS (A level year 1) biology specification, specifically topic 2, Cells. I used these notes only alongside practice exam Q’s and achieved an A* in A Level Biology… you can too! It has been presented in a concise and memorable way and can be used as it is or converted into your own flashcards or mind map. Perfect for students aiming for an A/A* due to its depth and breadth but also beneficial for all biology students as it covers all areas of the specification (everything you could be asked) in an accessible way. It covers every topic in this area of the spec: 3.2.1 Cell structure 3.3.2 All cells arise from other cells 3.2.3 Transport across cell membranes 3.2.4 Cell recognition and the immune system For a full breakdown of these topics please have a look at the specification: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/biology/specifications/AQA-7401-7402-SP-2015.PDF How did I make this? The layout is based around the SPECIFICATION, and therefore covers exactly what sudents need to know, making revision much more EFFECTIVE. I based a lot of the content around exam questions, and the points that I have found are often on MARK SCHEMES. This is crucial because the mark schemes in biology are so SPECIFIC! I found this was a much more effective resource than normal revision books and textbooks. You may also find these exam questions useful alongside this revision booklet: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/a-level-biology-aqa-cells-unit-2-exam-questions-by-topic-revision-11475748 Check out my shop for more: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/alevelbioboss
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NEW AS Biology AQA topic 3 ORGANISMS EXCHANGE SUBSTANCES WITH THEIR ENVIRONMENT revision book - A/A*

NEW AS Biology AQA topic 3 ORGANISMS EXCHANGE SUBSTANCES WITH THEIR ENVIRONMENT revision book - A/A*

This is a revision booklet I have made for the new AQA AS (A level year 1) biology specification, specifically topic 3, Organisms Exchange Substances With Their Environment. I used these notes only alongside practice exam Q’s and achieved an A* in A Level Biology… you can too! It has been presented in a concise and memorable way and can be used as it is or converted into your own flashcards or mind map. There are example exam questions and answers so that all parts of the spec have been covered i.e. data interpretation questions and some application questions. Perfect for students aiming for an A/A due to its depth and breadth but also beneficial for all biology students as it covers all areas of the specification (everything you could be asked) in an accessible way. It covers every topic in this area of the spec: 3.3.1 Surface area to volume ratio 3.3.2 Gas exchange 3.3.3 Digestion and absorption 3.3.4.1 Mass transports in animals 3.3.4.2 Mass transport in plants For a full breakdown of these topics please have a look at the specification: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/biology/specifications/AQA-7401-7402-SP-2015.PDF How did I make this? The layout is based around the SPECIFICATION, and therefore covers exactly what sudents need to know, making revision much more EFFECTIVE. I based a lot of the content around exam questions, and the points that I have found are often on MARK SCHEMES. This is crucial because the mark schemes in biology are so SPECIFIC! I found this was a much more effective resource than normal revision books and textbooks. Check out my shop for more: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/alevelbioboss
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NEW AS Biology AQA Topic 4 GENETIC INFO, VARIATION & RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN ORGANISMS revision book

NEW AS Biology AQA Topic 4 GENETIC INFO, VARIATION & RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN ORGANISMS revision book

This is a revision booklet I have made for the new AQA AS (A level year 1) biology specification, specifically topic 4, Genetic Information, Variation and Relationships Between Organisms. I used these notes only alongside practice exam Q’s and achieved an A* in A Level Biology… you can too! It has been presented in a concise and memorable way and can be used as it is or converted into your own flashcards or mind map. There are example exam questions and answers so that all parts of the spec have been covered i.e. data interpretation questions and some application questions. Perfect for students aiming for an A/A due to its depth and breadth but also beneficial for all biology students as it covers all areas of the specification (everything you could be asked) in an accessible way. It covers every topic in this area of the spec: 3.4.1 DNA, genes and chromosomes 3.4.2 DNA and protein synthesis 3.4.3 Genetic diversity can arise as a result of mutation or during meiosis 3.4.4 Genetic diversity and adaptation 3.4.5 Species and taxonomy 3.4.6 Biodiversity within a community 3.4.7 Investigating diversity For a full breakdown of these topics please have a look at the specification: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/biology/specifications/AQA-7401-7402-SP-2015.PDF How did I make this? The layout is based around the SPECIFICATION, and therefore covers exactly what sudents need to know, making revision much more EFFECTIVE. I based a lot of the content around exam questions, and the points that I have found are often on MARK SCHEMES. This is crucial because the mark schemes in biology are so SPECIFIC! I found this was a much more effective resource than normal revision books and textbooks. Check out my shop for more: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/alevelbioboss
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NEW SPEC A level biology (AS) AQA practice paper 1 and mark scheme

NEW SPEC A level biology (AS) AQA practice paper 1 and mark scheme

Model answers / annotations for this paper to help with exam technique: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/new-spec-a-level-biology-as-aqa-practice-paper-1-and-mark-scheme-11542457 For more resources, from a student who gained top marks (high A*) in 2017, please visit my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/alevelbioboss Example: full AS revision notes: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/new-spec-as-biology-aqa-full-revision-notes-a-a-required-practical-exam-questions-workbook-11873327 There are only two sets of specimen papers (only one accessible to students) for the new spec (2015) A level biology AQA. Practicing exam papers are crucial for the success of students, and whilst they can practice exam papers from the old specification, there are quite a few things that are different. Not only does this include content such as the ELISA test, water and many more topics, but questions relating to practicals will now make up 15% of the paper. I have created this paper which can be used as another ‘specimen paper’. All questions are taken from old exam papers, with a large majority from the 6416 specification. I have made sure that they are all completely relevant to the new specification and included many that cover the new content, which I suspect is what many students need/want to practice most. This paper is in the same format as the AS exam (paper 1) which will be taken at the end of the course. Hence, the maximum mark for the paper is 91 and 2 hours is allowed. I have also included a summary table of the topics that are covered in this paper.
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NEW AS Biology AQA topic 1 BIOLOGICAL MOLECULES revision book - A*/A grade

NEW AS Biology AQA topic 1 BIOLOGICAL MOLECULES revision book - A*/A grade

This is a revision booklet I have made for the new AQA AS (A level year 1) biology specification, specifically topic 1, Biological Molecules. I used these notes only alongside practice exam Q’s and achieved an A* in A Level Biology… you can too! It has been presented in a concise and memorable way and can be used as it is or converted into your own flashcards or mind map. Perfect for students aiming for an A/A* due to its depth and breadth but also beneficial for all biology students as it covers all areas of the specification (everything you could be asked) in an accessible way. It covers every topic in this area of the spec: 3.1.1 Monomers and polymers 3.1.2 Carbohydrates 3.1.3 Lipids 3.1.4 Proteins 3.1.5 Nucleic acids are important information-carrying molecules 3.1.6 ATP 3.1.7 Water 3.1.8 Inorganic ions For a full breakdown of these topics please have a look at the specification: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/biology/specifications/AQA-7401-7402-SP-2015.PDF How did I make this? The layout is based around the SPECIFICATION, and therefore covers exactly what sudents need to know, making revision much more EFFECTIVE. I based a lot of the content around exam questions, and the points that I have found are often on MARK SCHEMES. This is crucial because the mark schemes in biology are so SPECIFIC! I found this was a much more effective resource than normal revision books and textbooks. Also check out the version of this for topic 2, cells: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/new-as-biology-topic-2-cells-revision-book-a-a-grade-11822668 Check out my shop for more: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/alevelbioboss
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NEW A Level Biology AQA Topic 6 A* revision  (stimuli, nervous coordination, muscle, homeostasis)

NEW A Level Biology AQA Topic 6 A* revision (stimuli, nervous coordination, muscle, homeostasis)

THE AIM I’ve condensed the whole A Level Biology AQA course into a series of topic by topic guides and tutorials, consisting of exactly what you need to know. What’s more, I’ve analysed 10+ years of past papers and used the points commonly found on mark schemes. The aim of my revision resources is not just to help students understand biology; but to help them understand exactly what the examiners are looking for. CONTENTS OF THIS BOOKLET 3.6.1 Stimuli, both internal and external, are detected and lead to a response 3.6.1.1 Survival and response 3.6.1.2 Receptors 3.6.1.3 Control of heart rate 3.6.2 Nervous coordination 3.6.2.1 Nerve impulses 3.6.2.2 Synaptic transmission 3.6.3 Skeletal muscles are stimulated to contract by nerves and act as effectors 3.6.4 Homeostasis 3.6.4.1 Principles of homeostasis and negative feedback 3.6.4.2 Control of blood glucose concentration 3.6.4.2 Control of blood water potential There are example exam questions and mark scheme answers to make sure students are fully equipped for the exam. For a full breakdown of these topics please have a look at the specification: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/biology/specifications/AQA-7401-7402-SP-2015.PDF Check out my shop for more: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/alevelbioboss
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NEW A Level Biology AQA Topic 7 genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems A* revision book

NEW A Level Biology AQA Topic 7 genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems A* revision book

THE AIM I’ve condensed the whole A Level Biology AQA course into a series of topic by topic guides and tutorials, consisting of exactly what you need to know. What’s more, I’ve analysed 10+ years of past papers and used the points commonly found on mark schemes. The aim of my revision resources is not just to help students understand biology; but to help them understand exactly what the examiners are looking for. CONTENTS OF THIS BOOKLET New specification AQA A Level Biology, topic 7: 3.7.1 Inheritance: genetic diagrams, monohybrid and dihybrid crosses, sex-linkage, autosomal linkage, multiple alleles, epistasis, chi-squared test… 3.7.2 Populations: Hardy Weinberg principle… 3.7.3 Evolution may lead to speciation: genetic variation, natural selection, stabilising/directional/disruptive selection, evolulation, allopatric and sympatric speciation, genetic drift… 3.7.4 Populations in ecosystems: ecosystems, carrying capacity, predator-prey relationships, competition, estimating the size of populations, succession, conservation… There are example exam questions and mark scheme answers to make sure students are fully equipped for the exam. Check out my shop for more: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/alevelbioboss
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NEW SPEC required practical exam questions workbook A level biology year 2 (A2)

NEW SPEC required practical exam questions workbook A level biology year 2 (A2)

Even students who can recite the specification backwards tend to drop lots of marks on exam questions relating to practical activities, since they find that the style of question isn't 'revisable'. However, overall, at least 15% of the marks for an A-level Biology qualification will require the assessment of practical skills (AQA A Level Biology Specification 7401/7402). So, using this workbook to get to grips with this difficult style of question can considerably improve a students grade, and typically be the difference between getting an A* instead of an A, or an A instead of a B. This required practical exam questions workbook was made by and first tested by a student who got an A* in 2017. It contains 71 pages of exam questions and mark schemes. These are arranged into 6 sections, covering each of the 6 required practicals for A Level Biology (AQA), year 2 (A2). As well as AQA of course, exam questions have been collated from exam boards including OCR, Edexcel and WJEC, where there are some overlapping practicals. Therefore, this workbook would also be useful for other exam boards. Required practical 7: Use of chromatography to investigate the pigments isolated from leaves of different plants, eg leaves from shade-tolerant and shade- intolerant plants or leaves of different colours Required practical 8: Investigation into the effect of a named factor on the rate of dehydrogenase activity in extracts of chloroplasts Required practical 9: Investigation into the effect of a named variable on the rate of respiration of cultures of single-celled organisms Required practical 10: Investigation into the effect of an environmental variable on the movement of an animal using either a choice chamber or a maze Required practical 11: Production of a dilution series of a glucose solution and use of colorimetric techniques to produce a calibration curve with which to identify the concentration of glucose in an unknown There are also 6 required practicals for AS / year 1 A Level Biology, which are covered in a separate workbook: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/new-spec-required-practical-exam-questions-workbook-as-biology-a-level-year-1-11585623 For other A Level Biology resources please do have a look in my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/alevelbioboss
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NEW AS Biology AQA 3.3.4.1 mass transport in plants (xylem / phloem) exam questions and mark schemes

NEW AS Biology AQA 3.3.4.1 mass transport in plants (xylem / phloem) exam questions and mark schemes

- 32 pages of exam questions and mark schemes - Topic: 3.3.4.1 mass transport in plants (xylem, cohesion-tension, phloem, mass flow / translocation, tracers and ringing experiments) - Exam questions taken from old spec a level biology and past papers - Could be used as an activity in class, given as homework, used as an end of topic test, or for revision - For more resources like this please visit my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/alevelbioboss
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Inheritance and Hardy Weinberg | A* revision notes and worked exam questions | A Level Biology

Inheritance and Hardy Weinberg | A* revision notes and worked exam questions | A Level Biology

This is a revision booklet I have made for the new A Level Biology specification, inheritance and Hardy Weinberg. I made and used these notes and achieved an A* in A Level Biology… you can too! They have been specifically designed around the AQA spec but this topic is the same for most exam boards. It has been presented in a concise and memorable way and can be used as it is or converted into your own flashcards or mind map. There are example exam questions and answers so to reinforce understanding and exam technique. Perfect for students aiming for an A/A*. Topics covered: Genotype and phenotype Monohybrid and dihybrid crosses Alleles - dominant, recessive, codominant Sex linkage Multiple alleles Codominance Autosomal linkage Epistasis Chi squared test Hardy Weinberg How did I make this? The layout is based around the SPECIFICATION, and therefore covers exactly what sudents need to know, making revision much more EFFECTIVE. I based a lot of the content around exam questions, and the points that I have found are often on MARK SCHEMES. This is crucial because the mark schemes in biology are so SPECIFIC! I found this was a much more effective resource than normal revision books and textbooks. Check out my shop for more: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/alevelbioboss
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ULTIMATE AS Biology revision | A* revision notes and exam questions by topic | AQA new specification

ULTIMATE AS Biology revision | A* revision notes and exam questions by topic | AQA new specification

SAVE over 80% THIS WEEK ONLY The ULTIMATE bundle for the new specification AS biology AQA: everything here I made and used to get an A* in A Level biology last year. Included: 4 revision booklets for topics 1-4. Their layout is based around the specification, and therefore covers exactly what sudents need to know, making revision much more effective. I based a lot of the content around exam questions, and the points that I have found are often on mark schemes. This is crucial because the mark schemes in biology are so specific! I found this was a much more effective resource than normal revision books and textbooks. Required practicals 1-6 exam question workbooks Exam questions by topic for almost all of the specification*
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NEW A Level Biology AQA Required practical pack

NEW A Level Biology AQA Required practical pack

NEW SPEC required practical exam questions workbook A level biology year 2 (A2) NEW SPEC required practical exam questions workbook AS biology (A level year 1) Plus… a bonus revision summary to try out for photosynthesis including practical notes
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