This course is intended for all teachers of A-level physics and particularly biology, chemistry or maths specialists who are now required to teach physics in their schools.

The course will explain successful approaches to confidently teach the A-level physics content. We explore the fundamental principles, concepts and models that underpin the topics to be taught. Time will also be spent looking at the Compulsory Practicals and preparing students for A-level examinations.

The day will be interactive with all participants encouraged to ask questions.


  • Develop your own understanding of A-level physics topics
  • Develop the effectiveness of your teaching of A-level physics
  • Take away practical strategies to teach the physics concepts that students find most difficult
  • Increase your confidence in managing the Compulsory Practicals
  • Improve the performance of your students in the examination papers
COURSE DATES London Wednesday 20 November 2019
  • Teachers of A-level physics who first subject is not Physics – particularly biology, chemistry or maths specialists who are now required to teach A-level physics in their schools
  • Heads of Physics
  • Heads of Science
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


10.00 – 10.45am
A level Physics – Key Messages & Overview

  • Feedback from the 2017 A-level exams
  • The Principles of physics and the skills and strategies needed to teach the subject effectively
  • How to avoid common problems
  • The Compulsory Practicals – how to effectively incorporate into lessons and avoid common difficulties

10.45 – 11.00am
Discussion: coffee break

11.00 – 1.00pm
Ways to teach the topics that students find most difficult

  • Practical strategies, ideas and approaches to teach the following topics
  • How to correct common misunderstandings
  • Useful resources to enhance students’ understanding
  • Mechanics:
    –  Triangle of vectors, projectiles, moments calculations, circular motion and simple harmonic motion
  • Waves:
    –  Principle of superposition, interference, diffraction and standing waves
  • Electricity and electromagnetism:
    –  Potential divider circuits, force on a conductor principle deflection of electrons in electric and magnetic fields, electromagnetic induction
  • Quantum physics:
    –  The photoelectric effect, spectra and lasers
  • Nuclear physics:
    –  Radioactivity, mass defect & binding energy per nucleon, E=mc2
  • Particle physics:
    –  The fundamental particles and how they interact

1.00 – 2.00pm
Lunch and informal discussion

2.00 – 3.00pm
The Compulsory Physics Practicals – getting the most from them

  • The Compulsory Practical Assessment Criteria
  • The most common causes of inaccuracies/errors
  • Approaches to preparing students for the new practical skills examination questions
  • Solving common difficulties: e.g. lack of equipment, alternatives practicals, keeping records

3.00 – 3.15pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.15 – 3.45pm
Improving students’ performance in the examinations

  • A proven strategy for dealing with the new style exams
  • How to help learners interpret questions and provide concise answers to match the questions
  • Maximising attainment: how to help all learners push forwards

Howard Dodd

Howard has worked as an A-level Physics Principal Examiner (writing exam papers and supervising marking) for over twenty years being employed by OCR, AQA and Edexcel.
He has taught A-level physics in a number of secondary schools, maintained and independent, and has extensive experience of leading very successful physics and science departments. Before becoming an educational consultant he lectured in Science and Physics Education for fifteen years at the University of Exeter.  He is a qualified Ofsted inspector and continues to train and assess ITT trainees on the School Direct QTS training programmes. He has a national reputation for providing high quality and helpful in-service training courses for secondary and post-16 teachers.

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A-Level Physics