This A-level Physics conference will provide students with a highly motivational  and stimulating revision day.  The conference has been designed to help students to prepare effectively for each of the three AQA A-level physics examination papers. Detailed guidance will be provided on how students can most effectively avoid the most common errors made by students when answering physics questions and how they can revise independently to ensure that their individual needs are identified and met.  Ensuring that students have a secure understanding of the most challenging physics concepts in the AQA specification will also be covered in depth.

It also includes a stimulating talk by Alom Shaha on the nature of How Science Works.


  • Gain top level advice and guidance on how to revise independently and improve performance in each of the AQA physics papers.
  • Enhance your understanding of the areas of Physics that students find most difficult.
  • Experience a unique opportunity to hear from a leading physics expert and senior examiners.
  • Ask questions direct to physics experts on key topics from the AQA physics specification.
  • Take away a full set of conference notes, with examination tips and example answers of physics questions.
DATE & LOCATION Wednesday 10 March 2021
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Conference


10.15 – 10.20 am Welcome and introductions

10.20 – 11.00 (Howard)

A proven strategy for making students effective independent learners of physics.

  • Identifying student’s individual needs in the physics topics tested in each paper
  • How to fill the gaps in students’ knowledge and understanding of the most difficult physics concepts
  • How to ensure that students are fully prepared for each exam paper, revision strategies that work in physics

11.00 – 11.15 Refreshment break and an opportunity to submit your questions for our experts

11.15 – 12.15 (Lewis)

The A-level Physics ‘Hotspots’. Guidance on understanding the physics concepts that students have greatest difficulty with in

  • The Paper 1 topics – building on the fundamental ideas developed in the first year of A Level Physics and how these may be assessed in the first exam
  • The Paper 2 topics – this is where the content is a lot more interesting but introduces many unfamiliar subjects for the first time
  • The Paper 3 topics and practical techniques – despite the limitations on carrying out practical work in the lab these skills will still be examined in the exam

12.15 – 1.00 Keynote speech by Alom Shaha 

Just a theory?  How Science works, and why it’s important.

1- 1.45 pm Lunch

1.45-2.15 Ask the experts – student questions on A-level Physics are answered

2.15-3.00 (Lewis)

Preparing students for paper 3: Practical Skills and Data Analysis

  • the importance of the 12 core practicals
  • the questions that students find most difficult
  • guidance from the Principal examiner for students to improve their performance.

3.00-3.15 Break

3.15 – 3.45 (Howard)
Essential guidance on exam technique

  • being smart in handling each of the physics exam papers – what to do and what not to do, key words and triggers
  • ensuring that you answer the physics question set and not your own question, check, what are the question types
  • ensuring that you use the examination time most effectively, top tips and practical advice

3.45 Final summary and close


Howard Dodd

Following a successful career as head of physics and head of science in large secondary schools, Howard Dodd lectured in Physics Education and as a PGCE tutor at the University of Exeter for 13 years.  He has been a principal examiner in A-level physics for AQA and OCR and now works as an educational consultant for schools and colleges. He is an Ofqual expert adviser for A-level physics.

Lewis Matheson

Alongside his role as a physics teacher and head of science, Lewis started making videos to support his students. He now has a successful YouTube channel and the website A Level Physics Online used by hundreds of thousands of students around the world. He continues to work with many organisations including the Royal Academy of Engineering, Ogden Trust and Institute of Physics.

Alom Shaha 

A Physics teacher, author, and former TV producer, Alom’s work is used by institutions all over the world to train teachers and science communicators. He has written TV programmes and video scripts for many scientists, including Brian Cox and Marcus du Sautoy. Alom now writes popular science books for children and adults, and is the co-author of the latest series of GCSE and A-level Physics revision books from Oxford University Press.

Students £25+VAT

One free teacher place for every 10 student places
Additional teachers £35+VAT
Individual teachers £80+VAT