This new course is intended for non- specialist teachers of A-level physics who are new to the subject and want to develop the knowledge and skills to teach the more challenging aspects of the subject.

The course will focus on the main causes of learners’ poor attainment in exams as indicated by examiner reports and help participants to develop strategies for effective teaching of these topics and skills.

The course focuses on OCR A-level Physics Spec A but will be useful for teachers teaching similar specifications.


  • Explore new ways the principal conceptual difficulties can be learnt and understood
  • Take away new ways to develop skills of using precise and logical technical language skills in your students
  • Take away approaches to help students prepare for unfamiliar questions in exams
  • Deepen understanding of more challenging topics
  • Find out the latest about best resources to use
  • Find effective ways of diagnosing student weaknesses
  • Share ideas with other practising Physics teachers
COURSE DATES London | Monday 25 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 – 10.30am
Key fundamentals of the subject

  • The key fundamentals.
  • Areas of challenge – evaluative questions, use of scientific terms, MCQs

Identifying the topic areas which are most difficult:

  • Vectors and projectile motion
  • Fields – electromagnetic and gravitational
  • Vibrations and Waves

10.30 – 11.00am
From GCSE to A level

Identifying the step-up challenges for GCSE students progressing to A level Physics.

  • Comparing GCSE standard answers to A level standard answers.
  • Looking at A level physics mark schemes in depth and examiner comments.
  • Examples of the five challenging areas from questions in recent years.

11.00 – 11.20pm

11.20 – 12.40pm
The key topics that need to be learn and understood 

  • We will explore the principal conceptual difficulties in the following topics: vectors, projectile motion, fields (electromagnetic and gravitational), vibrations and waves
  • We review on-line resources to engage learners and develop their understanding of these complex topics including Youtube videos and simulations software
  • There will be opportunities for participants to raise queries about specific areas of the specification that they personally find challenging

12.40 – 1.40pm

1.40 – 2.40pm
The key skills that need to be developed 

  • Using precise and logical technical language by learning key phrases and then deconstructing them
  • Techniques for answering MCQs effectively, by intensive practice and application of elimination and logic techniques to speed the process
  • Preparing to answer out-of-box questions in exams through the use of legacy practical exam materials
  • A series of assessment for learning activities using exam questions, mark schemes and examiner reports which can be effective with students

2.40 – 3.30pm
Teaching the required practicals

  • Effective use of practical work in class
  • Developing the planning, analysis and evaluation skills for written examination
  • Developing graph plotting skills and analysis of uncertainty
  • Use the PAG resources and exam mark schemes to focus on the key requirements.
  • Use paper-based resources to develop the key analysis and evaluation skills to save time used up by running full practicals.

3.30 – 3.45
Discussion and Plenary

Tony Dunn

Tony Dunn has taught for over 30 years in secondary schools and sixth form colleges, mainly in inner city areas, specialising in A-level Physics. He was Head of Science for 12 years and spent several years training Physics teachers in SE Asia. He has been an examiner for OCR A-level Physics for the past 4 years.

A-level Physics