This fully revised conference will provide students with practical, engaging and motivating revision for the A-level Chemistry examinations and ensure success in 2020. 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
 DATE AND LOCATION  London | Wednesday 18 March 2020
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Conference


Welcome and introductions

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?


11:35 – 12:40pm
Challenging topics in Organic chemistry

  • Aromatic chemistry
  • Organic nitrogen compounds
  • Optical isomerism
  • NMR analysis
  • Making the most of Levels of Response questions – comparison exercise to demonstrate the standard at C, A and A*

12:40 – 1:20pm

1.20 – 1.30 pm
Ask the Expert

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

1.20 – 2:15pm
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
  • How to follow the ‘signposts’ in A Level questions

2:15 – 2.45 pm
Transition metals

  • Electronic configurations of elements and ions
  • Ligands and complex ions
  • Catalytic behaviour
  • Tacking practical questions in the exam: reviewing successful answers

2.45 – 3.30 pm
Synthetic routes

  • Functional groups and functioning molecules
  • What information do organic molecules reveal?
  • Steps in synthesis
  • Planning exam answers: student pair work to produce the strongest responses

3.30-3.40 pm
Final top tips

  • Accessing grades A and A* – what examiners expect and what students can do in their revision
  • Key areas of student strength in 2019 and doing the same in 2020

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.

Students £25+VAT

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

A-level Chemistry