Teaching A-Level Physics for the First Time

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This course offers an introduction and overview to teaching the AQA A-Level Physics programme of study for anyone in their first 3 years of teaching the course, or for anyone lacking confidence in delivering the course effectively. While assessment materials will be drawn from the AQA course, many of the ideas will be applicable to other specifications.


  • Provide teachers of A-Level Physics the material and confidence to teach effectively to all ability ranges
  • Gain clear understanding of the key challenge areas and how to teach them
  • Gain insight into the content, the exam structure and the how exams are marked
  • Take away strategies on how best to support students in the NEA component
  • Understanding of how to differentiate using scaffold and stretch strategies for essay writing
  • Develop ways to improve outcomes across the ability range
  • Examine lots of ideas on how the maths and practical skills can be embedded throughout the course
  • Take away some activities that can be adapted for use when teaching a range of different topics


Good A-Level Physics Teaching from the Start

10.00 – 10.30am
  • What are the key, core messages, and differences when developing students forward from GCSE to A-Level Physics? How to make the transition smooth
  • What does good A-Level Physics teaching look like – what you should be aiming for
  • The dynamism of making AL Physics not only accessible, but enjoyable and inspiring to students – how to embed that into your teaching but humanising the curriculum
  • Tracking – how to ensure you and your students know where they are and how to get where they want to

Overview of The AQA A-Level Physics course including challenges and what to expect from pupils

10.30 – 11.00am
  • Overview of the specification and how the course is organised
  • Ensuring students and teachers hit the ground running – introducing the scheme of work and baseline assessment
  • Recognising which areas will be most challenging for you and how to address these issues
  • Ensuring topic areas which create the foundation for success – incorporating them into every lesson.

Morning Break

11.00 – 11.20am

Key ideas for teaching the content knowledge from Paper 1

11.20 – 12.05pm
  • Practical strategies to develop students’ use of technical language and scientific terms
  • Ways to build students’ confidence when applying scientific knowledge, principles and concepts in unfamiliar contexts
  • Planning and teaching the some more demanding topics: further mechanics, electricity and fields
  • Making complicated concepts easy

How to Effectively Embed Maths Skills into your teaching

12.05 – 12.50pm
  • Analysing ways to embed maths skills in teaching to develop the skills of constructing and interpreting tables and graphs, using powers and indices, understanding measures of dispersion and solving algebraic equations.
  • Demonstrating examples that can be used to build students’ confidence when translating information between graphical, numerical and algebraic forms and applying formulae in response to exam questions
  • Teaching students to answer maths-based exam questions – using metacognitive modelling to demonstrate how to think when faced with a challenging maths question.


12.50 – 1.50pm

Effectively teaching the Practical Skills

1.50 – 2.30pm
  • The essential terminology that needs constant reinforcement – the ‘language of measurement’ such as accuracy, precision and validity
  • Direct assessment of practical skills – an overview of the required standards and what the moderators are looking for in the students’ evidence and in the teacher’s records
  • Teaching experimental design – activities that build students’ confidence in selecting apparatus, equipment and techniques
  • Developing students’ evaluation skills – strategies to help them identify limitations in experimental procedures and suggest improvements.
  • Teaching students the skills of describing data, explaining data and making conclusions in response to exam questions

Key Ideas for teaching Further Mechanics, Fields and Electricity

2.30 – 3.10pm
  • Visualising SHM – how to stretch the most able whilst supporting the weaker students
  • Practical electricity – using concrete examples to build students confidence and broaden their knowledge when teaching electricity
  • Humanising the curriculum – how to take the abstract and use history as a hook to galvanizing your teaching of electricity
  • Fields through models – how simulations and modelling can help students to understand abstract concepts and increase their understanding

The Exams – Techniques and Tactics

3.10 – 3.40pm
  • Approaches that boost student attainment: how to improve students by one grade, targeting top grades (A-A*).
  • Teaching towards the ’endgame’, what language to use, ensure you are marking ‘like the examiner’ and secure grading
  • Exam questions and model answers, looking at what success looks like


London | Thursday 08 December 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.


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 Field Development Officer for NGfL Cymru, as Science Subject Lead at TSL Education (TES) and as National Support Programme Partner in Wales with CfBT. Alessio won a number of national and international education awards for the innovative and creative way he integrates emerging technologies in STEM education. One of these awards is the Microsoft Worldwide Innovative Education Forum, 2007.

Alessio is an accredited Microsoft Peer Coaching Facilitator, one of few Partners In Learning Top Tiered Teachers worldwide, a TASC Framework Specialist, an Official iMindMap Leader and an Institute of Physics Coach member of their Professional Practice Group. 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.

Alessio worked as Examiner for a number of years with WJEC and Cambridge International Education. He is also a published author, with his GCSE Physics revision guide for Scholastic and his A-level exam practice book for Hodder Education.

Alessio is the founder of CollaboratED and a PGCE physics Tutor at Cardiff Metropolitan University.


  • New or recently new teachers of AQA A-Level Physics
  • Heads of Physics
  • Heads of Science
  • Mentors responsible for new teachers in Science


  • 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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