This NEW conference, is designed in the light of the 2018 examinations. The revamped conference will focus on challenging areas, how to boost grades and how to meet the demands of the questions for examination success in 2019.

The aim of this student conference is to provide students with practical, engaging and motivating revision for the A level Chemistry examinations. Throughout the day, students will actively participate in relevant, focused sessions with an emphasis on how to their grades. The conference will encourage students to think synoptically and it will build on the foundations of Year 1 knowledge.

This conference is relevant to all A level specifications in England and Wales.


  • Gain first hand guidance and advice from highly experienced examiners, authors, presenters and leading subject experts
  • Enhance your understanding of the key themes of A level Chemistry and see how they connect into a coherent picture
  • Benefit from top examiner insight: how to improve grades and what gets the marks
  • Enjoy lively and informative presentations with plenty of opportunity to participate actively
  • Ask questions directly to the subject experts


CONFERENCE DATES London | Rock Tower | Monday 18 March 2019

Manchester | Wednesday 3 April 2019



10.15 – 10.25am
Welcome and introduction

10.25 – 11.15am
The movement of electrons: A key linking theme!

  • Our expert explores key issues in this theme and how to make vital links to improve your exam responses
  • Oxidation states
  • Half equations
  • Electrode potentials: What they are and how to use them
  • Success in answering exam questions: what are the examiners looking for?

11.15 – 12.05pm
Finding your way through synthetic routes

  • Functional groups and functioning molecules
  • What information do organic molecules reveal?
  • Steps in synthesis
  • Planning exam answers: interactive exercise to improve student performance

12.05 – 12.20pm

12.20 – 1.20pm
Routes through extended calculations – how to maximise your mark and work with confidence

Our examiners look at how to ensure students pick up marks and thus grades, by not making common errors:

  • Successful techniques for mole calculations
  • Rates of reaction: getting the most from the data
  • The Arrhenius equation and how to use it
  • Calculating Kc and Kp

1.20 – 2.00pm

2.00 – 2.45pm
Expert talk: The plastics problem

  • Our industry and exam expert looks at this key current issue – why is it so important and what does that mean for Chemistry in the future
  • Polymers
  • A consideration of crucial ethical points related to the issue, enhancing exam skills

2.45 – 2.55pm
Quiz box

  • Student questions on A-level Chemistry are answered by our experts

3.00 – 3.40pm
Enhancing exam performance: the rules of the game

  • How to focus revision
  • Understanding what the examiner wants to see
  • Making the most of mark schemes
  • Common student failings and how to avoid them
  • Mastering multiple choice
  • How to approach Levels of Response questions

Conclusion and depart

Chris Conoley

Chris is a highly 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.

Jamie Sinclair

Jamie is a former Head of Department at Gordon’s School, a leading non-selective state secondary schools in England which has been rated OFSTED outstanding in last 7 inspections. Has also taught at QE Boys Barnet. Current team-leader examiner for OCR, CiE and IB and proof-reader for a leading revision publishing house. A level classes consistently at ALPS 3 or above; last year GCSE classes averaged top 90 percentile SSE FFT. I have had pupils taught by me go on to represent the UK in the international Olympiad. Consistently have 40% of my A level classes looking to read chemistry/natural science at Russell Group universities.

John Coad

John is a highly experienced A Level and IB Chemistry teacher who still teaches today. He led Chemistry Departments in two schools and whole Science Departments in two others. He has worked as a Science Advisor in England’s largest Local Authority, supporting both primary and secondary teachers of science. In recent years he has worked as an independent consultant, promoting science education in a wide variety of ways. He has led many professional development courses for teachers, written resources for publishers and staged large science enrichment events. His enthusiasm for science is evident in all he does but sharing his experience with chemistry teachers gives him the greatest satisfaction.

Students £25+VAT

One free teacher place for every 10 student places
Additional teachers £35+VAT
Individual teachers £80+VAT