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After achieving an A* in A Level Biology (AQA new spec, 2017), I started sharing my resources… and they’ve proved to be a hit with students/teachers across the country! I’m constantly improving and adding more resources; they are designed to help students understand exactly what the examiners are looking for. I’m currently studying a biomedical science degree and tutoring biology online.

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After achieving an A* in A Level Biology (AQA new spec, 2017), I started sharing my resources… and they’ve proved to be a hit with students/teachers across the country! I’m constantly improving and adding more resources; they are designed to help students understand exactly what the examiners are looking for. I’m currently studying a biomedical science degree and tutoring biology online.
NEW SPEC required practical exam questions workbook AS biology (A level year 1)
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NEW SPEC required practical exam questions workbook AS biology (A level year 1)

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

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- 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
A Level Biology AQA A* Revision Notes Topics 1-7
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A Level Biology AQA A* Revision Notes Topics 1-7

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Revision notes for topic 1-7 EFFECTIVE REVISION NOTES Concise, bullet point notes I’ve analysed 10+ years of past papers and used the points commonly found on mark schemes Exam tips Based around the new specification which is included before each sub topic - most students who get top grades base their revision around the spec 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. BOOKLETS INCLUDED Topic 1: Biological Molecules Topic 2: Cells Topic 3: Organisms exchange substances with their environment Topic 4: Genetic information, variation and relationships Topic 5: Energy transfers in and between organisms Topic 6: Organisms respond to changes in their internal and external environments Topic 7: Genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems I am currently in the process of improving topic booklets 2,3,4,6 and 7. I have already improved topic booklets 1 and 6. I am also in the process of making a topic 8 booklet. These will be updated gradually. MY SHOP: [https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/studyrevolution]
NEW A Level Biology AQA Required practical pack
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NEW A Level Biology AQA Required practical pack

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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
NEW A level biology AQA 3.5.2 respiration exam questions and mark schemes
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NEW A level biology AQA 3.5.2 respiration exam questions and mark schemes

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- 25 pages of exam questions and mark schemes - Topic: respiration - Exam questions taken from old biology past papers, AQA - Could be used as an activity in class, given as homework, or for revision Respiration revision summary: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/new-spec-a-level-biology-aqa-3-5-2-respiration-revision-notes-summary-11529138 For more resources like this please visit my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/alevelbioboss
NEW SPEC required practical exam questions workbook A level biology year 2 (A2)
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NEW SPEC required practical exam questions workbook A level biology year 2 (A2)

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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
NEW AS Biology AQA 3.2.4 cell recognition & immune system exam questions and mark schemes
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NEW AS Biology AQA 3.2.4 cell recognition & immune system exam questions and mark schemes

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- 29 pages of exam questions and mark schemes - Topic: 3.2.4 cell recognition and the immune system - Exam questions taken from old spec a level biology and human biology 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 - Cell recognition and the immune system A* revision booklet : https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/new-spec-as-biology-aqa-3-2-4-cell-recognition-and-the-immune-revision-a-revision-notes-summary-11543125
NEW SPEC AS BIOLOGY AQA FULL REVISION NOTES A/A* + required practical exam questions workbook (a level year 1)
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NEW SPEC AS BIOLOGY AQA FULL REVISION NOTES A/A* + required practical exam questions workbook (a level year 1)

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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
NEW A  level biology AQA 3.5.1 photosynthesis exam questions and mark schemes
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NEW A level biology AQA 3.5.1 photosynthesis exam questions and mark schemes

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- 45 pages of exam questions and mark schemes - Topic: photosynthesis - Exam questions taken from old biology and human biology past papers, AQA - Could be used as an activity in class, given as homework, or for revision Photosynthesis revision summary: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/new-spec-a-level-year-2-biology-aqa-3-5-1-photosynthesis-and-required-practicals-7-and-8-revision-11509003 For more resources like this please visit my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/alevelbioboss
NEW SPEC AS BIOLOGY AQA FULL REVISION NOTES A/A* (a level year 1)
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NEW SPEC AS BIOLOGY AQA FULL REVISION NOTES A/A* (a level year 1)

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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
Model answers / annotations / exam technique for A level biology AQA practice paper 1
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Model answers / annotations / exam technique for A level biology AQA practice paper 1

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I have gone through this paper and written my model answers for each question. I have annotated each question to show my thought process and how i got to my answers. This will be really useful when going through the mark scheme for the paper as answers on the mark schemes don’t always make sense. It should also be useful for students who often understand the mark schemes when they see them, but still don’t understand what part of the wording in the question would lead them to putting that answer. Paper and mark scheme: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/new-spec-a-level-biology-as-aqa-practice-paper-1-and-mark-scheme-11542457
NEW A Level Biology AQA Nervous Coordination exam questions and mark schemes
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NEW A Level Biology AQA Nervous Coordination exam questions and mark schemes

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- 29 pages of exam questions and mark schemes - Topic: 3.6.2 Nervous coordination (AQA) - nerve impulses and synaptic transmission - Exam questions taken from old spec a level biology and human biology past papers - Could be used as an activity in class, given as homework, or for revision Full unit 6 revision pack: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/unit-6-aqa-a-level-biology-new-spec-revision-pack-11462158 For more resources like this please visit my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/alevelbioboss
NEW A Level Biology AQA 3.6.3 Skeletal Muscles exam questions and mark schemes
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NEW A Level Biology AQA 3.6.3 Skeletal Muscles exam questions and mark schemes

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- 34 pages of exam questions and mark schemes - Topic: AQA A-level biology 2015 spec, unit 6, section 3, 'skeletal muscles are stimulated to contract by nerves and act as effectors'. - Exam questions taken from old biology and human biology - Could be used as an activity in class, given as homework, or for revision Full unit 6 revision pack: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/unit-6-aqa-a-level-biology-new-spec-revision-pack-11462158 For more resources like this please visit my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/alevelbioboss
NEW SPEC A Level Biology AQA revision notes bundle year 2
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NEW SPEC A Level Biology AQA revision notes bundle year 2

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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 BUNDLE ** An assortment of revision notes, including: photosynthesis revision notes respiration exam technique pack nutrient cycles revision notes nutrient cycles exam technique pack Topic 6 revision notes (stimuli, nervous coordination, muscles, homeostasis) year 1 and year 2 checklist Topic 7 revision notes (genetics, populations, evolution and ecosystems Topic 5 revision notes Required practical 7-12 exam questions workbook
NEW A Level Bio AQA 3.6.1 Survival & response, receptors, control of heart rate exam questions & MS
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NEW A Level Bio AQA 3.6.1 Survival & response, receptors, control of heart rate exam questions & MS

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- 29 pages of exam questions and mark schemes - Topic: '3.6.1 Stimuli, both internal and external, are detected and lead to a response'; survival and response, receptors and control of heart rate - Exam questions taken from old spec a level biology and human biology past papers - Could be used as an activity in class, given as homework, or for revision Full unit 6 revision pack: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/unit-6-aqa-a-level-biology-new-spec-revision-pack-11462158 For more resources like this please visit my shop: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/alevelbioboss
NEW A Level Biology AQA 3.7.4 Populations in ecosystems  exam questions and mark schemes
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NEW A Level Biology AQA 3.7.4 Populations in ecosystems exam questions and mark schemes

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Another freebie to say thanks to everyone who’s supported the shop! https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/alevelbioboss 46 pages of exam questions and mark schemes Topic: 3.7.4 (AQA) - ecosystems, abiotic/biotic factors, quadrats, mark-release-recapture, succession Exam questions taken from old spec a level biology past papers Could be used as an activity in class, given as homework, or for revision