BioGrad Examination Centre at Liverpool Science Park offers a unique set of laboratory based practical endorsement courses that support all the requirements of the Biology, Chemistry and Physics assessed practicals for OCR, AQA and Pearson Edexcel.
The programmes have been developed by real research scientists and qualified assessors with input from exam officers to fulfil all criteria of the A-level practical endorsements.
All sessions are taught in very small group sizes so that students have the opportunity to spend quality time with the scientists and have time to make (safe) mistakes, learn and try again until they are confident in their work.
Message from the Head Teacher
"All of the team and myself have worked tirelessly over the last 2 years to offer students a laboratory training experience that is second to none. Calling on decades of laboratory research and teaching experience, we are able to offer practical endorsement courses that far exceed the requirements specified by the exam boards.
Our courses are designed to give all BioGrad students the capacity to reach their full potential, develop exceptional practical skills and gain a significant amount of work-related learning. Additional activities are provided to solidify learning, encourage teamwork and effective science communication plus life skills which are necessary to thrive in Higher Education or employment. All of this is hosted within the world class facilities at Liverpool Science Park, nestled in the shadows of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King. Our aim is for all students to leave our courses confident and inspired to pursue Science studies at a higher level.”
Kathryn Woods – Head of BioGrad Examination Centre
Courses are available for the below subjects:
BioGrad laboratories are world-class research facilities and our courses are held with real scientists. The BioGrad programme is designed for students who wish to invest their time and energy into developing real laboratory skills that will ultimately get them into work/university whilst also developing their theoretical knowledge to support their A-level studies. These courses are more than just obtaining the minimum requirement to pass.
Our staff spend a great deal of time and effort adding ‘extra value’ evening activities, showing students the real experiments that they use in their own work and writing references after the courses.
BioGrad are working with education psychologists to track the progression of our students after they have competed their practical endorsements with BioGrad. We are establishing best practices for teaching laboratory skills and will be inviting all students who attended these courses to help us in this research by allowing us to follow up with them occasional after they have completed their training.
How to book
Places are strictly limited to a maximum of 15 students per week. We can only accept bookings from students from exam centres that have working agreement in place with BioGrad. Students can check the current list of partner exam centres below:
Click here to view BioGrad Partner Exam Centres
If your centre of choice is not currently on this list, simply ask them to complete the below form and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0151 482 9695 for further information.