A-Level Chemistry: Maximising Student Outcomes in the Exam Papers

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No matter how diligently teachers prepare students for AQA exam papers in A-Level Chemistry, every year sees valuable marks lost due to poor exam technique or misconceptions about question requirements. This course targets these issues by dissecting various question types across the three exam papers. It underscores the vital role of effectively interpreting and analysing questions to ensure responses align with the intended expectations of the question setters.


  • Identify common areas where students frequently lose marks in their exam responses
  • Leverage recent research findings to amplify student performance and results
  • Employ examiner feedback strategically to tailor your revision strategies
  • Develop tactics for empowering students to self-assess and refine their exam techniques for ongoing enhancement


Introduction, Background, and Integration of Research

10.00 – 11.20am
  • Course objectives and rationale
  • Understand the significance of integrating recent research into exam preparation
  • The Spacing Effect and Distributed Practice; Retrieval Practice and Testing Effect; Interleaved Practice; Elaborative Interrogation; Dual Coding; Spaced Retrieval and Memory for Medical Information and Meta-cognition and Self-Regulated Learning


Discussion; coffee break

11.20 – 11.40am

Addressing Common Exam Errors

11.40 – 12.30pm
  •  Identify common errors students commit in exam responses
  • Analyse the root causes of these errors
  • Discover strategies to rectify and prevent these mistakes

Lunch and informal discussion

12.30 – 1.30pm

In-Depth Focus on Examiner Feedback

1.30 – 2.20pm
  •  Unpack the valuable insights provided by examiner feedback
  • Learn how to translate this feedback into actionable guidance
  • Incorporate examiner expectations into your teaching strategies


Discussion, afternoon tea

2.20 – 2.30pm

Crafting Personalised Action Plans

2.30 – 3.20pm
  • Design tailored action plans for students based on their individual needs
  • Explore techniques to engage students in active exam preparation
  • Foster a sense of responsibility for your own learning and improvement


Summary and Participant Feedback

3.20 – 3.30pm
  • Recap the key takeaways from the course
  • Provide a platform for participants to share their insights and reflections


London | Monday 11 December 2023
London | Tuesday 26 March 2024

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London | Monday 11 December 2023
London | Tuesday 26 March 2024

This course, tailored to suit, can be delivered in your school. Discuss this further with our CPD team on 01625 532974 or click below to make an enquiry.


Dr Stephen Belding is an experienced teacher and Head of Chemistry at Rugby School. He attended St John’s College, Oxford University, where he completed a degree in Chemistry (MChem) and a DPhil in Computational Electrochemistry. In 2012, He began his teaching career at d’Overbroeck’s College in Oxford, a top-performing independent school.


  • Heads of Science Departments aiming to elevate overall exam performance strategies.
  • Teachers involved in delivering any of the units within the AQA A-Level Chemistry curriculum.


  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

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