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Maximising Student Grades in A-Level Physics

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This new course is for all teachers of A-Level Physics looking to ensure that their students maximise their performance in the upcoming A-Level Physics examinations.

The specific Physics topics covered will include those found in A-Level examinations from AQA, OCR, Pearson/Edexcel and WJEC. The most effective teaching strategies and practical learning approaches will be explained with detailed advice on giving students a secure understanding of the A-Level Physics topics that students find most difficult. Exemplar assessment materials will be drawn from the AQA, OCR, Pearson/Edexcel and WJEC specifications with strategies offered for improving students’ exam technique.


  • How to plan and teach effective lessons to maximise students’ understanding of A-Level Physics topics.
  • Explore techniques to help students maximise their marks when answering exam questions
  • Take away in depth understanding of how to teach the most demanding A-Level Physics topics
  • Gain insight into how exam papers are marked and how students can ensure they maximise their performance.


The Top Ten Tips for Improving Students’ Performance in the A-Level Examinations

10.00 – 10.20am
  • Explore ten proven techniques that can be used to boost confidence, commitment, and effective exam preparation

  • Key Messages from the 2022 Examinations from AQA, OCR, Edexcel and WJEC.

    10.20 – 10.50am
  • The most common errors made by students and how to avoid them.
  • What students did well in the exams.
  • The statistics – which awarding body is the most generous?

  • Morning Break and Discussion

    10.50 – 11.05am

    Strategies to Significantly improve Students’ Confidence in their Knowledge and Understanding of Physics.

    11.05 – 11.25pm
  • Giving students greater ownership of their learning.
  • Using spaced repetition revision methods.
  • Demonstrating that progress is being made.

  • Topics that students find difficult: Identifying and Challenging students’ misconceptions.

    11.25 – 12.50pm Missing out on the top-level grades: common mistakes
  • The Photoelectric Effect
  • Wave-Particle Duality & De Broglie λ = h/mv
  • Standing Waves
  • The Triangle of Forces
  • Moments Calculations
  • Projectile Motion
  • The Young Modulus and Strain Energy
  • The Potential Divider
  • EMF and Internal Resistance
  • The Ideal Gas Equation in Terms of R and K
  • Circular Motion & Centripetal Acceleration
  • S.H.M. and the Maths/Graphs involved
  • Fields (G & E) and Absolute Potential
  • Kepler’s Law and Geostationary Orbits
  • Capacitors in Series and Parallel
  • Magnetic Fields: F=Bev and F=BILsinθ
  • Electromagnetic Induction and the Transformer
  • Fission and Fusion

  • Lunch

    12.45 – 1.45pm

    Teaching and Learning resources to ensure Students enjoy Physics lessons and enhance their understanding.

    1.45 – 2.40pm
  • PhET – Interactive Simulations
  • Kahoot
  • Data-loggers (to save time and show phenomena that are otherwise invisible)
  • Awarding bodies
  • YouTube

  • Afternoon Break and Discussion

    2.40 – 2.45pm

    Exam Strategies to Maximise Marks for all students

    1.45 – 2.40pm
  • Analysing high level answers to the short answer questions.
  • Dealing with the different types of exam questions: multiple choice, short answer, long answer, calculations and practical skills – what examiners expect.
  • Effective assimilation of topics in order to achieve the highest levels
  • Giving students experience in how to tackle exam papers in the most effective manner.
  • How to make revision most effective.

  • Location/Date

    London | Thursday 01 December 2022

    Please select your preferred date

    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.


    Howard Dodd has worked as an A-level Physics Principal Examiner (writing exam papers and supervising marking) for over twenty years being employed by OCR, AQA and Edexcel. He has a national reputation for providing high quality and helpful in-service training courses for secondary and post-16 teachers.


    • Heads of Physics
    • Heads of Science
    • All A-Level Physics teachers


    • 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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