A level Science practical endorsement and exams

Greene's offers science practical courses to obtain the A level practical endorsement for the AQA, Edexcel and OCR examination boards and to prepare for the CIE science practical exams in the following subjects:

With a Greene’s science practical course you get to:

  • meet the requirements of the A level science practical endorsement

  • better understand your science subjects through practice

  • improve your grades

  • develop your laboratory skills for university and beyond

Our science practical courses for 2018-19:

Foundation practical course for Biology, Chemistry and Physics – A foundation course of four once a week sessions starting on Friday, 16th November 2018 for Physics and Saturday, 17th November 2018 for Biology and Chemistry. This course is suitable for people who have little or no experience of working in a laboratory or who need a refresher on laboratory techniques and the correct and safe use of laboratory equipment and materials.  A course designed to help prepare the groundwork for the twelve assessed practicals required to achieve the A level practical endorsement.

The foundation course is strongly recommended for students who have not studied A level science before; and who need to pass their A level practical endorsement first time.

A level year 1 practical course for Biology, Chemistry and Physics – A course of the first six practicals required for the A level practical endorsement qualification.  This course starts on Friday, 11th January 2019 for Physics and on Saturday, 12th January 2019 for Biology and Chemistry and continues with one session per week.

A level year 2 practical course for Biology, Chemistry and Physics – The second set of six practicals required for the A level practical endorsement.  This course starts on Friday, 8th March 2019 for Physics, and on Saturday, 9th March 2019 for Biology and Chemistry and continues with one session per week – allowing a break for Easter.

Intensive spring A level practical endorsement course – An alternative one week intensive course in Oxford for students who are unable to come to Greene’s on a regular weekly basis.  Success on these intensive courses requires considerable pre-course preparation as well as a pre-course assessment.  These courses are run from 9th to 14th April 2019 inclusive for Chemistry; and 15th to 20th April 2019 inclusive for Biology and Physics.

All the courses are taught, demonstrated and instructed by our experienced tutors who are skilled at guiding students through the science practical requirements for A level.  Our courses are suitable for anyone studying an A level science, in particular:

  • external candidates studying at home through distance learning organisations;
  • retake candidates looking to improve their grades and understanding of science in practice;
  • home-schooled students.

‘More than just an examination’

At its core, science is a discipline that observes, investigates and organises knowledge so it can be tested and explained.  Science therefore encompasses a range of uniquely practical subjects, requiring practical skills of experimentation and the close observation and understanding of variable data.  The study of science involves ‘seeing’ and ‘doing’, not only theorising and speculating.

At Greene’s we place emphasis on science practicals that are carefully designed to meet the requirements of your A level course and to improve your understanding of A level topics, as well improving your broader scientific knowledge.  We ensure that our practicals will be both engaging and relevant: helping achieve your A level grades; preparing you for science at university; stimulating your intellectual curiosity, and equipping you to explore the processes that shape our world.

So to quote our Senior Scientist, Dr Saif Bham,  A level science practical assessment is ‘more than just an exam … practical sessions enable the students to develop their ideas into workable investigations and to think critically about evidence. This is the essence of the scientific process’.

Most examination boards require students to complete a combination of assessed practicals, and written work.  By completing an A level science practical course with Greene’s, you will satisfy the requirements for the A level practical endorsement.  You will also have the opportunity to gain a solid foundation in practical work, and to acquire transferable skills useful in your further study and beyond.

To register, please visit the registration page to complete an online registration form.

We hope we answer most of your questions about A level science practicals at Greene’s on our FAQ page.  If you have any other queries, you are welcome to contact us using the form below.

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Horace Mann, (1796 – 1859), politician and education reformer