Wednesday 14 October 2020 – 4pm

CODE: 8030


This webinar will concentrate on the 6 mark questions regarding methods in practical chemistry.  The focus will be on three particular methods from Year 12 Chemistry, making a standard, how temperature affects rate and calorimetry.  The session will include tips and techniques on how to structure responses to this type of question and look at where marks are gained and lost in the exam.


  • Consolidate and improve knowledge of methods used in practical chemistry
  • Use exam examples to look at the requirements for the answer and how to structure a response
  • Review exemplar questions and answers, finding out how to improve exam skills
  • Work through tips and examples for approaches to application type questions
  • Set a grounding for similar questions found in Year 13 study (i.e. determining Ka, measuring electropotentials, etc)


  • All students of A level Chemistry


4.00pm – Introduction, welcome and sound check

4.05 pm: Structuring a response: A look at making up a standard solution

  • Building a scaffold – taking the key stages of the method and expanding on these
  • Key points – thinking about the detail at each stage and how to work this into an answer
  • What are the exam board looking for? A review of the mark scheme and linking this to the answer.

4.20pm: Another example: A look at investigating how temperature affects rate

  • Where are the marks? – Thinking ahead to plan an answer
  • Techniques to approach the question to help with structuring an answer
  • Pitfalls – Where do students lose marks in an exam

4.40pm: Trying it out: A look at the calorimetry practical

  • An opportunity for students to work through an example question
  • Modelling of the answer to show how to maximise marks

4.55pm: Final tips

Paul Yardley

Paul has taught AQA A Level Chemistry for 9 years and leads a highly-successful Chemistry team, supporting students to achieve outstanding value added scores. Taking students from a range of backgrounds, over 60% achieve a high grade, with most of those students continuing to study a degree at a Russell group University, many in a chemistry-related field.  Paul is a member of the Association of Colleges’ College A Level Subject Excellence Network, identifying and sharing good practice with other practitioners that has contributed to their significantly positive value added scores.