This intensive course offers a hands-on inspirational look at how to teach the content and skills students need to succeed in Paper 1 of the AQA A level specification.


  • Explore new methods for teaching the hardest topics
  • Preparing students for multiple choice and extended questions
  • Enhance how you prepare students for written practical questions
  • Improve the precision of students’ technical language throughout exam papers


COURSE DATE London, Wednesday 21 June 2017
WHO FOR?  Heads of Physics
Teachers of AQA A level physics
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
Detailed notes On-line materials
Powerpoint presentations CPD Certificate
 High quality training facilities Sit-down buffet lunch



10.00 – 10.20am: Reflecting on the first year of exams

  • Use the experience of the first AS exam papers to review strategies for teaching

10.20 – 11.05am: Develop methods for application of forces, momentum and moments problems

  • How can well-thought strategies help avoid misconceptions and common difficulties?
  • Progress from GCSE problems on see-saws to A level analysis of structures with multiple forces

11.05 – 11.20pm: Discussion: coffee break


11.20 – 12.20pm: Introducing the concepts behind the quantum phenomena and the hardest challenges of electrical topics

  • How to introduce these ideas using hands-on methods and useful analogies
  • Build strategies that help learners cope with the most challenging ideas

12.20 – 12.50pm Preparing students for the multiple choice assessments

  • Exploring the skills necessary for success with multiple choice questions
  • Gaining strategies to aid students in preparing to tackle exam questions

12.50 – 1.50pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.50 – 2.30pm: Introducing challenging wave phenomena involving superposition: standing waves, interference and diffraction

  • What vocabulary and experience help best prepare students for this topic?
  • How is this topic best delivered, and what are the resources that can help?

2.30 – 3.15pm: Successful delivery of Periodic motion

  • Understand the specific challenges in circular motion and SHM
  • Planning for successful delivery of these topics, with reference to practical skills

3.15 – 3.45pm: Tackling extended questions

  • Why do Physics students struggle year on year with written questions
  • Improving students’ use of scientific vocabulary and reasoning
  • Training students to match their answers to the number of marks available

Afternoon refreshments will be available

Melissa Lord

Melissa Lord has been Head of Science and Head of Physics for several years at Altrincham Girls’ Grammar School, and continues her association with AGGS in the role of Ogden Teacher Fellow with the Ogden Trust. AGGS is the hub school for the newly formed Trafford Ogden Science Partnership. In 2012 she was an Institute of Physics Teacher of the Year. She enjoys the challenges of physics, of making ideas coherent, especially in using language to help the delivery of concepts, delighting in finding the ideas that engage and excite, and drawing even more questions from students. She has worked with the Prince’s Teaching Institute for four years as a Teacher Leader in delivering their subject days for NQTs, enjoying guiding teachers in developing a pathway through a topic. She considers showing students how the physics that they study in school can be put to use in solving the problems of the future one of the most important goals in her teaching.