Teaching A-Level Chemistry for the First Time

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If you are new to teaching A level Chemistry then this updated and refreshed course will give you short cuts to teach as a more experienced Chemistry Teacher. It aims to build your confidence to teach difficult concepts in Year 1 of the course and help you prepare students for the increased emphasis on mathematics and practical assessment.

There will be ideas, tips and techniques to nurture students who struggle, while giving you fresh approaches that that will stretch the most able. We will look at ways of boosting exam performance with insights into exam technique, whichever specification you are following.


  • Explore the main challenges of teaching A level Chemistry for the first time
  • Learn key techniques to use in your teaching that are utilised by more experienced teachers
  • Understand how students learn; and how you can maximise their understanding
  • Scaffold trickier mathematical questions so that all students can access the method
  • Understand how to approach topics that learners find difficult, from the mole to organic reaction mechanisms
  • Consider strategies to boost performance in practical assessment, both in the lab and in written exams
  • Take advantage of the opportunities to share teaching approaches with colleagues in similar situations


Setting the scene

10.00 – 10.30am
  • How does the Working Memory Model enable you to teach A level Chemistry more effectively
  • Identify the challenges that students experience, from the beginning of the course through to the final exams
  • Recall as a tool for teaching; your mini whiteboard is your best friend

Fundamental concepts and skill development

10.30 – 11.45am
  • Condensing Structure and Bonding and the application for exam questions
  • Energy changes, reaction rates and equilibria; the language of Le Chatelier
  • Scaffolding Redox questions
  • Planning the development of practical skills and practical endorsement


11.45 – 12.00pm

Developing mathematical skill

12.00 – 1.00pm
  • Scaffolding mathematical content for both mathematicians and non-mathematicians
  • Embed mathematical content into your course
  • Support students in developing the required skills
  • Consider techniques for teaching the mole
  • Develop strategies to boost student confidence


1.00 – 2.00pm

From molecules to mechanisms in organic chemistry

2.00 – 3.00pm
  • Get the basics right: teaching the key specification content well
  • Unique ways of embedding mechanisms
  • Teaching analytical techniques for exam success

Examination Preparation

3.00 – 3.30pm
  • Overview: what are examiners looking for?
  • What makes an A/A* candidate? Ensure excellent teaching to stretch able candidates to achieve their best
  • Teach effective examination technique: making the most of multiple choice
  • Prepare for extended questions and look at ‘Levels of Response’
  • Link concepts: the key to success
  • From lab to written exam – boost performance though high impact teaching


London | Tuesday 15 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 Conoley 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.


  • All teachers new, or nearly new, to teaching A level chemistry
  • 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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