This new course will demonstrate successful classroom strategies that will enable non-specialists to confidently teach A-level Physics. Led by our highly experienced A-Level Physics teacher and senior examiner Sarah Battams, the course will explore the key challenging topics and areas in A-level Physics and demonstrate how to teach these well.

Fundamental principles, patterns, concepts and models that students need to understand to succeed at A-level Physics will be analysed and explored, along with key strategies for successful teaching of the Compulsory Physics Practicals and expert guidance on preparing students for A-level examinations.


  • Building the ‘big picture’ of A-level Physics
  • Take away successful approaches to the most challenging A level Physics topics
  • The Required Physics Practicals – getting the most from them
  • Where students succeed and struggle in A level Physics exams
COURSE DATES London | Thursday 17 October 2019

London | Thursday 12 December 2019

  • Heads of Science,
  • Heads of Physics
  • All teachers of GCSE Physics
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 – 11.00 am
Key topics 1

We will look at the key concepts and methods of teaching, including useful practicals in the following topics:

Particle Physics

  • Photons
  • Photoelectric effect
  • Pair production and annihilation
  • Energy levels in atoms
  • Wave-particle duality


  • Wave properties
  • Polarisation
  • Stationary waves
  • Diffraction: double slit, diffraction gratings, single slit

11.00 – 11.20
Break and informal discussion

11.20 – 12.40
Key topics 2

We will look at the key concepts and methods of teaching, including useful practicals in the following topics:


  • Springs
  • Young’s modulus


  • Uniform acceleration
  • Forces and moments in equilibrium

12.40 – 1.40
Lunch and informal discussion

 1.40 – 2.30
Key Topics 3

We will look at the key concepts and methods of teaching, including useful practicals in the following topics:


  • Circuits – rules and formulae
  • Potential dividers
  • EMF and internal resistance


2.45 – 3.45
Teaching the required practicals

  • Straight forward methods for the required practicals
  • Monitoring student progress:
  • In class assessment – how to asses students using provided checklists
  • Recording CPAC competencies – a spreadsheet will be provided and a simple but effective way pf recording student progress will be given

3.45 Plenary and depart

Sarah Battams

Sarah Battams – Sarah has been teaching Physics at KS3, GCSE and A level for the last 20 years. She is an outstanding practitioner with consistently excellent examination results and value added at GCSE and A level. She delivers Physics lessons that are fun, varied and equip students with the skills necessary to confidently tackle examinations. This year she received outstanding feedback from the A-level Practical monitoring visit. Sarah is a Physics Examiner and Team Leader at A level and GCSE. She writes and edits for the online resource GCSE Pod and is an author of high-quality Physics resources on TES.

A-level Physics