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New to Teaching AQA A-Level Physics

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This course is designed for teachers who are new to teaching AQA A-Level Physics, or who wish to improve their understanding to enable their students to achieve higher grades. The sessions are designed to improve delegates’ understanding of AQA A-Level Physics specification and ensure that candidates have the best opportunity to maximise their potential grades. Delegates will receive new teaching approaches as well as key guidance in how to develop exceptional examination and practical techniques in AQA A-Level Physics to maximise students’ success when delivering the course for the first time.


  • Obtain excellent understanding of the complexities of the AQA A-Level Physics specification
  • Gain insight into the content, the exam structure and how the exams are marked
  • Develop your teaching in specific topic areas to raise standard of achievement
  • Examples of extended A-Level questions: how to prepare students to get the most possible marks


Introduction: Identifying methods that will enhance performance from the start

10.00 – 11.15am
  • Overview of the specification- introducing the scheme of work and baseline assessment
  • Analysing the assessment criteria and looking how to incorporate AO1, AO2 and AO3 in your lessons
  • Recognising which areas will be the most challenging and preparing for these
  • Identifying your support network and making the most of it



11.15 – 11.30am

Tackling the Challenging Content of AQA A-Level Physics

11.30 – 12.15pm
  • Planning and teaching the more demanding topics – what these are and how to factor them into your teaching
  • Making complicated concepts easy
  • Teaching ideas, related questions and supporting resources to help improve student understanding
  • Teaching for the different types of questions, with examples, so that you can help students access all the available marks
  • Designing formative assessment and feedback through focussed starters and plenaries into your teaching


12.15 – 1.15pm
  • Why are these so challenging for many students?
  • Planning for success, teaching methodologies and using retrieval practice to boost student performance
  • Teaching ideas with associated questions and resources
  • Getting students involved in their learning – making theory ‘practical’



1.15 – 2.15pm

Managing the Required Practical Activities

2.15 – 3.15pm
  • What you have to teach and what the students have to do
  • The AQA standard at different grades and getting your students to reach it
  • How to structure a programme of practical teaching and assessment that helps your students gain the best marks
  • Structured v Investigative approaches – finding the opportunities
  • Techniques to help students construct excellent written responses in the exams: where and why they can struggle in A-Level with this skill

Effectively tackling the Exam Papers

3.15 – 3.45pm
  • How to approach teaching A-level exam skills with confidence
  • Teaching towards the ’endgame’, what language to use, ensure you are marking ‘like the examiner’ and secure grading
  • Focus on essay structure in exams, how to pick up easy marks, and what top grade responses look like
  • Marking and assessment strategies: supporting students to access the higher-level grades
  • Extended answers – ideas for development


London | Thursday 09 November 2023
London | Thursday 29 February 2024

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London | Thursday 09 November 2023
London | Thursday 29 February 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.


Alessio Bernardelli has over 18 years of teaching experience and has worked as Head of KS3 Science and Head of Physics. He also worked as Science Subject Lead at TSL Education (TES) and as National Support Programme Partner in Wales with CfBT. He has recently completed an MSc in Teacher Education at the University of Oxford, he is a Chartered Science Teacher (CSciTeach) and a Chartered Physicist (CPhys), as well as a  Senior Facilitator with STEM Learning.


  • All teachers new, or nearly new, to teaching AQA A-Level Physics
  • Those who lack confidence, or who feel they would benefit form a refresher course


  • 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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