This course is aimed at teachers of  A level Chemistry who want to explore ways to increase the effectiveness of their teaching.  The aim of this course is to explore ways in which the curriculum can be delivered with a focus on practical science skills and mathematical core skills.

Strategies will include ways to stretch those aiming for top grades as well as ways to support the lower ability students. Examples of different question styles will be used, including level of response questions to explore the skills examiners expect students to be able to demonstrate.


  • Identifying the key difficulties that students have with the practical-based questions.
  • Developing effective ways of using practical work to develop skills to answer the practical-based questions.
  • Developing a practical learning methodology that develops sustainable skills in students.
  • Identify the key mathematical skills needed to succeed in A level Chemistry
  • Develop strategies for improving the relevant mathematical skills.
  • Identify common pitfalls in students’ mathematical methods.
  • Build confidence in supporting students with mathematical shortcomings.
COURSE DATE Online | Monday 22 November 2021

London | Tuesday 25 January 2022

  • Teachers of A level Chemistry
  • Heads of Chemistry
  • Heads of Science Faculties
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School 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


10.00 – 11.00am: The key mathematical skills needed for success at A level Chemistry

  • Identify the range of skills taught in GCSE Maths and how this matches the requirements of A level Chemistry students
  • Identifying the key difficulties that students have with the practical-based questions.
  • Identify the key mathematical skills needed to succeed in A level Chemistry
  • Identify the differences between the maths for Chemistry and maths taught in Maths lessons
  • Delegates will carry out an activity to identify the weaknesses of their own students and produce an action plan for development of these skills.


11.00: Morning Break


11.15 – 12.30pm: Strategies to effectively develop and advance mathematical skills with able and less able students

  • Guide students to layout their calculations in the optimum manner
  • Ways to support students make links between chemistry problems and mathematical solutions
  • Effective strategies to stretch and challenge able students in further developing their mathematical skills
  • Ways to support students with poor basic mathematical skills – basic numeracy, significant figures, standard form and to develop algebraic and trigonometric fluency
  • Addressing the challenges of the mathematical skills exam questions – what can be expected, what is looked for, ways to help students respond well in these questions.
  • Diagnostic testing of chemistry students at start of course and developing a remediation maths course tailored to Chemistry
  • Coordination with A-level Maths teachers to present a common approach


12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch   

1.30 – 2.30pm: Meeting the CPAC criteria; answering the practical-based exam questions effectively

  • Creating an effective practical chemistry programme to develop the skills needed to meet the CPAC criteria and to answer the practical-based exam questions effectively
  • Advanced strategies to take practical skills work to a higher level, further enhancing the range of core practical skills over the course of the A level Chemistry programme
  • An active session on ways to effectively embed the challenges of practical-based exam questions in your teaching, preparing students to respond well in the questions, and to demonstrate the knowledge and skills that examiners need to see to award high marks


2.30 – 2.40pm: Afternoon tea


2.40 – 3.30pm: Effective Strategies to Address Mixed Abilities in the  A level Chemistry Class   

  • Identifying the key indicators of higher attaining and lower attaining students
  • Recommended remedial activities to support low attainers
  • Recommended challenge activities for the high attainers
  • Creating a classroom that addresses the diverse skills of the Chemistry students

3.30 – 3.45pm: Depart