This course is a complete guide to teaching A level Chemistry. It covers an overview of content, the most challenging areas to teach, and preparing for the assessment. There will advice about how to conduct practicals successfully and how to use these opportunities to prepare students for the practical linked element in paper 3. The course will include a variety of teaching resources and explore how to use retrieval practice, interleaving and dual coding to more effectively teach the subject.


  • Explore the key challenges of teaching A level Chemistry for the first time
  • Develop mathematical skills in your students through tried and tested methods
  • 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
  • Understand how to structure the content and use cutting edge idea from cognitive science to maximise student learning and exam performance
COURSE DATES Online | Tuesday 16 March 2021
Online | Wednesday 09 June 2021
  • All A level Chemistry teachers
  • All teachers with responsibility for improving Chemistry results
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

Start 1.30pm

The key strands in A level Chemistry

  • A brief overview of the content of the A level, including how topics are linked and possible sequences of teaching
  • Link with content from GCSE and highlight traditional areas that students struggle with especially in light of impact of Covid 19
  • Using assessment to identify prior learning and consequences to your teaching the course

Developing mathematical fluency

  • Structures and lessons from the Maths classroom to improve teaching of mathematical skills in Chemistry. The importance of modelling answers and using questioning effectively
  • Developing strategies to boost student confidence
  • Emphasising the meaning of the numbers, helping students to answer exam questions better
  • Topics where the Maths is vital – calculating the mole etc
  • Value of quick low stakes assessment and feedback loops to check understanding


Fundamental concepts

  • Key topics – atomic structure to periodic groups
  • Energy changes, reaction rates and equilibria
  • How to run a successful practical, including looking forward to how practical technqiues will be assessed in paper 3
  • Using retrieval practise and interleaving to improve recall and long term learning

Organic chemistry

  • Overview of topic and highlighting where student go wrong (misconceptions and common mistakes) and how to fix them
  • How to use dual coding to build strong conceptual understanding
  • Problem solving approaches to learning key concepts
  • Teaching analytical techniques


Preparing students for the exam – a short cut to success

  • Making the most of multiple choice
  • Preparing for extended questions and looking at ‘Levels of Response’.
  • Synoptic thinking how to bring things together at the end by considering how you teach each topic from the beginning – embedding exam skills as you go along
  • Lessons from previous exams – how to use exemplar responses and past papers throughout the course

Final questions and summary

Chris Conoley

Chris 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.