This updated course is for all teachers of A-level chemistry looking to develop new strategies for extending their very able student to achieve an A*.

The course is led by an experienced teacher and AS/A examiner who has taught at QE Boys Barnet, Gordons, regularly has 40% of his A Level classes looking to read Chemistry/natural sciences at Russell Group universities, and has taught pupils who go on to represent the UK in the international Olympiad.

Following the 2018 summer examinations, the course is very practically focused and delegates will take away a range of approaches, ideas, and new thinking to impact their pupil’s learning and ensuring top level examination results.


  • Develop your teaching approaches to extend your more able students
  • Consider excellent practice for challenging your students with problem solving, modelling and questioning to stretch pupils’ thinking processes
  • Increase your understanding of how to integrate areas of chemistry in to teaching a ‘whole chemistry approach’
  • Take away ready-made resources and ideas to impact upon your students’ learning immediately
COURSE DATE London | Friday 15 November 2019
  • Heads of chemistry
  • Subject leaders
  • Teachers of A level chemistry
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 – 10.30am
Bridging the gap to an A* 

  • Consideration of what determines A* learners, including feedback from the 2018 exams
  • What skills are needed to access the higher grades?

10.30 – 11.45am
Higher Order Questioning 

  • Problem solving contexts
  • Approaches to improve lateral thinking
  • Strategies for approaching the mathematical content
  • How story boarding can support student progress

11.45 – 12.00am
Discussion: coffee break

12.00 – 1.00pm
Interconnections: A Whole Chemistry Approach 

  • Explaining organic mechanisms using physical chemistry
  • Entropy and equilibrium in inorganic and organic chemistry
  • Teaching key areas for high level performance: Why do some reactions ‘go’ and others don’t?
  • Lessons learnt from the 2018 examinations – where do students lose marks? Including example answers

1.00 – 2.00pm
Lunch and informal discussion

2.00 – 2.30pm
Challenging learners’ thought processes 

  • Modelling in chemistry
  • Thought provoking examples to challenge learners’ understanding
  • Ensuring Able Students are thinking and responding at a high level throughout the course – strategies and teaching ideas

2.30 – 3.00pm
Extending the A/A* students 

  • Classroom activities and approaches
  • Developing high level exam skills
  • Extra-curricular activities to promote A* level thinking

3.00 – 3.15pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.15 – 3.30pm
Impact in Your Classroom 

  • Review resources for immediate use and impact in your teaching of high ability learners
  • Question and answer session on the specification and assessment
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