This advanced 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 2019’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:

  • Focused on identifying the demands of Grades A & A* and providing materials to help teachers prepare students effectively
  • A detailed look at the different demands of questions across the three A level papers
  • Mark schemes will be analysed to identify and clarify the requirements of the highest levels
  • Sample answers at Grades A & A* will be discussed and marked
  • Materials will be provided that will allow teachers to cover the content effectively in innovative and student-friendly ways that push the highest ability students


COURSE DATES London | Thursday 18 June 2020
* Please note, this course will be held online on the designated date if it’s not possible to run in venues.
  • A level Chemistry teachers
  • Heads of Chemistry
  • 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 – 10:40am
The A/A* grade – what do they involve?

  • The structure of the specification and using it to plan for success for the top end students
  • 2019 Feedback: what does it tell us about the standards set for the top learners? How can we teach to this 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 exam 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 high end skills – spotting the key command words
  • Revision tips to ensure top level students succeed in the exams

11:30 – 11:45am
Coffee break and informal discussion

11:30 am – 12:30pm
Organic Chemistry – the key challenges for A/A* learners

  • 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 grades 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 – teaching approaches to get them the A*
  • Application and problem solving for the A and A* student
  • Tackling ‘acids, bases and buffers’ with the top grades
  • Tackling ‘transition metals and titrations’ for A and A*
  • The practical aspect – approaches for helping students make links and achieve the A*

2:30 – 2:45pm
Afternoon tea 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*

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.

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