This course is designed for teachers of OCR A level chemistry seeking to boost their students grades with some key points, advice and strategies.


  • 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
  • Support for the most able students to achieve the highest grades and nurture for those who struggle
COURSE DATES Online | Wednesday 24 March 2021

Online | Tuesday 15 June 2021

  • 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 webinar


4.30-4.45pm: Paper 3 – insights and overview

  • A close examination of the structure of Paper 3.
  • Analysing the ‘Reports of Examinations’ to help students perform to their potential
  • Determining those specification topics that cause most challenge

4.45 – 5.05pm: 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
  • Discussion of the different options and how to choose the right ones tom focus on

5.05 – 5.35pm: 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

5.35 – 6pm: 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

3.45pm: Depart


Adam Boxer

Adam is the Head of Science at the Totteridge Academy in North London. A prolific speaker and blogger, he has delivered CPD nationally and internationally for Keynote, researchEd, The Chartered College of Teaching, Pixl, United Learning, STEM Learning, Herts for Learning and a number of other schools and trusts. Adam is the managing editor of CogSciSci, a grassroots collective of science teachers looking to embed empirical findings from the cognitive sciences into the science classroom. Adam was a contributor to the Oxford Revise series of revision guides, preparing Knowledge Organisers and Core Knowledge statements for the entire GCSE chemistry course. Adam is a pioneer of the booklet movement in science education and his freely available “SLOP” booklets are used by thousands of chemistry teachers across the country.