This course will focus on effective and innovative approaches to maximise the performance of your students on Paper 3 so that they can achieve outstanding results at A level. We will explore the successful teaching of aspects in the specification that cause most challenge for students and key features that need to be well-learned and deeply understood. There will be strategies to prepare students for the assessment challenges in questions that probe practical techniques and test data analysis. We will consider how to embed synoptic learning and offer exam techniques that ensure success in ‘levels of response’ and other extended questions. We will also suggest approaches to multiple choice questions that unlock student potential. While this course is focused on Paper 3, since all content and all practical skills are tested on this paper, it also has great relevance to how students perform in the whole exam.


  • Develop teaching strategies that lead to deep learning and ensure successful outcomes for your students in some of the challenging topics of Year 2
  • Explore how different approaches to problem solving lead to effective ways of tackling unfamiliar questions in Paper 3
  • Enhance laboratory learning through innovative activities in the classroom.
  • Build advanced skills in data analysis through targeted exercises
  • Gain insights into approaches that work in answering ‘levels of response’ questions and other questions
  • Embed synoptic learning using active learning methods
  • Apply some of the latest research to build learning power in your students
  • Support for the most able students to achieve the highest grades and nurture for those who struggle
COURSE DATES London | Tuesday 2 July 2019
London | Monday 11 November 2019
  • Heads of chemistry and experienced teachers of chemistry looking for new approaches and practical methods to enhance teaching and learning that will ensure successful outcomes in AQA A level.
  • Newer teachers of A level chemistry who want to explore innovative ways of encouraging deeper learning of their subject.
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 – 10.45am
Paper 3 – insights and overview

  • A close examination of the structure of Paper 3.
  • Identifying the different assessment challenges on this paper
  • Understanding the role and weighting of assessment objectives and how this can help in planning teaching and structuring learning
  • Analysing the ‘Reports of Examinations’ to help students perform to their potential
  • Determining those specification topics that cause most challenge

10.45 – 11.30am
Preparing students for questions on practical techniques

  • From the classroom to laboratory practical work and back again – ideas to build understanding.
  • Developing seamless approaches to the practical assessment in the written exam and the practical endorsement through innovative activities
  • Determining the skills required to answer this type of question and providing opportunities to acquire them

11.30 – 11.45am

11.45am – 12.30pm
Dealing with data

  • Giving students confidence in presenting and processing data
  • Building advanced skills in data analysis using targeted exercises focused on rate equations and the Arrhenius equation
  • How to develop evaluation skills

12.30 – 1.00pm
Embedding synoptic learning

  • Laying the foundations for synoptic learning from the outset of your course
  • Activities to promote linking
  • Preparing students for synoptic assessment

1.00 – 2.00pm

2.00 – 3.00pm
Deep learning for challenging topics based on current research into effective learning

  • Teaching tactics for thermodynamics
  • Approaches to organic analysis
  • Consolidating ideas on transition metal complexes

3.00 – 3.45pm
Maximising performance on Paper 3

  • Command words and what an examiner wants to see
  • Common student failings and how to avoid them
  • Maximising marks on ‘levels of response’ questions
  • Making the most of multiple choice questions
  • Strategies for answering questions set in unfamiliar contexts including routes through calculations



Chris Conoley

Chris is a highly experienced teacher of Chemistry, Head of Science and latterly a College Principal. He is the author of numerous educational textbooks, including the much praised Collins Advanced Science Chemistry, now in its third edition. As a Senior A Level Examiner, he understands how important it is that students acquire and develop the science skills necessary for success. He leads training courses for teachers both in the UK and overseas and is passionate about making science relevant, accessible and fun.

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A-level Chemistry