This course will demonstrate how to guide your best students to achieve Grades A & A* in future A-Level Chemistry examinations. Led by our highly respected and successful presenter Fran Eardley, the course will demonstrate teaching and learning ideas for organic, inorganic and practical chemistry which will stretch and challenge able students and develop their higher level skills. Using feedback from 2018’s examinations on the specifications, the course will outline what is expected of high ability students and explore ways to build your teaching practice around this.


This course will allow delegates to:

  • Determine what an A/A* learner looks like and gain ideas on how to stretch them to achieve the A/A* grades
  • Focus on identifying the demands of an A* and providing materials to help prepare students effectively
  • A detailed look at the different demands of questions across the 3 papers
  • Look at sample answers from students who will and who have achieved the A*
  • Identify strategies to develop the independent A/A* student and give them a mind-set for success to achieve the top grades
  • Reflect on current teaching methods and ascertain new ideas and approaches to ensure students success at the top end
COURSE DATES London | Thursday 17 October 2019
  • Heads of Science Faculties
  • Heads of Science
  • Heads of Chemistry
  • Teachers of A level Chemistry
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 – 10.40am
The A/A* grade – what do they involve?

  • The structure of the new specification for A Level Chemistry and planning for success for the top end students
  • Feedback: mark schemes and examiners’ reports – what do they tell us about the standards set for the top learners? How can we use them effectively? How can they use them effectively?
  • Grades A & A*: what are the differences between these?
  • Key attributes of Grade A & A* students in the classroom
  • Avoiding potential hazards; what can cost the top student their A grade?

10.40 – 11.30am
The synoptic papers – hitting the A* grade

  • Papers 1 and 2: where is an A/A* achieved or lost? Planning and teaching the content for A/A* success
  • Tactics for Paper 3: where is an A/A* achieved or lost?
  • Helping students make the links throughout the whole specification and inspiring the A* Chemist
  • Building vocabulary and developing skills – spotting the key command words
  • Revision tips to ensure top level students succeed in the exams

11.30 – 11.45am
Discussion: coffee break

11.45 – 12.30pm
Organic Chemistry – the key challenges for A/A* learners

  • GCSE misconceptions and common errors – what are they? How can we address them?
  • Coping with organic synthesis – where is the A/A* lost?
  • Tackling the volume of content in Organic Chemistry – building up to it for an A/A*
  • The practical aspect – making the links and achieving the A*
  • Strategies for achieving top grade success in the exam

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.30pm
Quantitative Chemistry – the key challenges for A/A* learners  

  • Non-mathematicians – how can we get them the A*?
  • Application and problem solving for the A*
  • How to tackle ‘acids, bases and buffers’ for the top grades
  • Tackling ‘transition metals and titrations’ for A and A*
  • The practical aspect – making the links and achieving the A*

2.30 – 2.45pm
Afternoon break and informal discussion

2.45 – 3.30pm
Chemistry Exams: Tactics for achieving the highest grades  

  • What are the biggest challenges of the linear course for the A/A* learner?
  • A/A* revision – are they being effective?
  • In the exam – tactics for hitting the top grades
  • Working to the standard – completing, marking, reviewing and evaluating exam papers for the A/A*
  • Lessons learnt from the exams so far

3.30 – 3.45pm
Plenary and Depart

Francesca Eardley

Fran is a highly experienced, ‘Outstanding’ Chemistry teacher. She has a track record of successful results, including teaching an A Level Chemistry class where 100% of the students achieved A/A*. She has led a number of departments to success, driving all to ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ with increased high grade and value added success. She works at a College Group in the Midlands as an Assistant Head, managing in the Academic and Creative Studies Faculty. Fran has been an examiner for a number of years, has delivered a number of CPD courses and has written chapters for published Science Textbooks.