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AQA A-Level Chemistry: Preparing for Success and Achievement in the 2023 Exams

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This intensive new course will demonstrate how to guide your students, of whatever ability, to achieve the best possible grades in the upcoming AQA A-Level Chemistry examinations.

Achievement in AQA A-Level Chemistry requires students to overcome some key challenges and be able to recall a wealth of knowledge across the varied disciplines of chemistry study and apply this knowledge in familiar and unfamiliar situations. Chemistry students have a variety of strengths and weaknesses so a range of techniques are needed to ensure they can achieve the best possible mark over the 3 main subject areas: physical, organic and inorganic chemistry; as well as the practical component.

You will take away strategies and methods to stretch, challenge and motivate students of all ability ranges, ready for their exams. In particular the course will hone in on the most challenging areas, what students need to do to ensure their projected grades don’t slip down, and what, and how they must demonstrate to examiners to achieve high marks.


  • Provide teachers of AQA A-Level Chemistry with strategies to maximise the success of all their students in the Summer 2023 exams.
  • Take away a range of techniques, approaches and materials that can be readily used in teaching to help students to demonstrate and apply their knowledge and understanding of chemical ideas, processes, techniques and procedures
  • Apply some of the latest research to build learning power in your students and boost confidence across the ability range
  • Provide a range of effective exam techniques to prepare students to access high grades by helping them to identify the relevant chemical terminology and detail that they need to use in their answers
  • Provide a range of effective exam techniques to prepare students to access high grades
  • Develop the use of retrieval practice to promote student recall, supporting the teaching of the most challenging A-Level topics.
  • Equip you with strategies to support lower attaining students and accelerate their progress


Techniques to build learning power to boost confidence and ensure success

10.00 – 10.45am
  • Developing effective questioning techniques to facilitate deeper learning
  • Using anticipation guides to activate prior learning and knowledge
  • Enhancing your students’ understanding of terminology through Frayer models
  • Helping students retain information through directed activities related to texts (DARTs)
  • Concept mapping to retain information

Morning break

10.45 – 11.00am

Preparing for the 2023 Exam: what the examiners are looking for?

11.00 – 11.45am
  • Strategies for preparing students for the 2023 exam to enable them to apply detailed and comprehensive knowledge and understanding of chemical ideas, techniques and procedures.
  • Key messages from previous Examiner Reports, identifying main areas for improvement.
  • Techniques to engage students in the content of the course and how to maximise their focus on what brings the most reward in examinations: such as being able to apply knowledge and understanding to unfamiliar contexts and analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific information, ideas and evidence.

Structuring an excellent teaching course

11.45 – 12.45pm
  • Planning the course with the end in view.
  • Identifying and highlighting key concepts to build an integrated approach to teaching chemistry.
  • Sequencing topic content appropriately allowing opportunities to embed retrieval practice.
  • Exploring strategies to improve student performance.
  • Examples taken from specific challenging topics.


12.45 – 1.45pm

Stretching the A/A* student

1.45 – 2.45pm
  • Embedding RSC Olympiad resources and Cambridge Chemistry Challenge resources into schemes of work and lessons to stretch the most able students in Chemistry.
  • Strategies for stretching A/A* students in a mixed-ability classroom and challenging complacent high-achievers. Embedding example Oxbridge interview questions in lessons to increase depth and breadth of student understanding.
  • Understanding the role and weighting of assessment objectives and why this is particularly relevant to the able student.
  • HOTS not MOTS (more of the same) – activities to stretch, challenge and motivate.

Supporting lower attaining students

2.45 – 3.30pm
  • Assessing prior knowledge and putting the student in charge.
  • Supporting non-mathematicians in Chemistry
  • Ways to effectively embed the challenges of practical–based exam questions in your teaching, preparing lower ability students to respond well in questions
  • Effective revision – tips and techniques for low attainers to practice their chemistry understanding.

Q&A, Evaluation and Close

3.30 – 3.40pm


London | Tuesday 29 November 2022

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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.


Chris Coloney is an experienced teacher of Chemistry, Head of Science and latterly a College Principal. He is the author of numerous educational textbooks, including the much praised Collins Advanced Science Chemistry, now in its third edition.

As a Senior A Level Examiner, he understands how important it is that students acquire and develop the science skills necessary for success. He leads training courses for teachers both in the UK and overseas and is passionate about making science relevant, accessible and fun.


  • Heads of Science
  • Heads of Chemistry
  • Teachers of AQA A-level Chemistry


  • 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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