This revised course for all teachers of AQA GCSE Physics. We will look at how to tackle calculation questions and get students to learn the formulae so that they can achieve success in the exams. We will look at how students can best perform on questions involving the required practicals and where to incorporate “working scientifically” into your teaching. We will cover how to teach the more difficult aspects of the GCSE Physics specification and look at a variety of useful techniques and strategies to improve student performance in the AQA examinations.


  • Improve your students’ performance in calculation questions
  • Improve your students’ performance in questions on required practicals
  • Develop your teaching methods for more difficult and new parts of the specification
  • Find out about online resources that can aid your teaching
  • Take away resources for your GCSE teaching that improve student examination performance
COURSE DATES London Friday 15 March 2019
London Friday 21 June 2019
  • All teachers of GCSE AQA Physics
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 – 11.15am
Successful performance in the data analysis and mathematical elements

  • Learning the formulae – strategies and exercises to help students embed the formulae
  • Selecting the correct formula – exercises for students to be able to identify quantities they are given and select the correct formula
  • Tackling calculation questions – what stages of working are necessary to obtain the marks?
  • Using the more difficult formulae and two formulae at once
  • Key points to include when analysing tables of data and graphs
  • Mathematical skills being tested in the Physics exams

11.15 – 11.30am
Discussion: coffee break

11.30 – 12.30pm
How to guarantee performance in questions on the required practicals and long answer questions

  • Teaching approaches that produce excellent understanding of the AQA required practicals
  • Explain what students need to learn about the “scientific method”: recording results, lines of best fit, uncertainties in results, error types and methods to improve accuracy
  • Ensuring students understand and utilise their practical knowledge in the written papers
  • Examples of student templates and teaching for practising writing practical methods
  • Explore topics likely to come up in the long answer question and some model answers
  • Explanation questions – bullet pointing the key phrases to target the marks in topics such as terminal velocity, Rutherford scattering etc.
  • How to answer “compare” and “explain” questions in the long answer questions

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.30pm
Best practice when preparing students for Paper 1

  • Lessons from the 2018 paper 1 (trilogy and separate)
  • Electric circuits questions – example answers and tips demonstrating how students should approach these questions
  • Approaches to areas of challenge in the particle model and atomic structure
  • Online simulations for modelling abstract concepts such as electric current, particle models of gases at different temperatures and pressures
  • Ideas for teaching paper 1 topics

2.30 – 2.45pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.45 – 3.45pm
Preparing the students for Paper 2

  • Lesson from 2018 paper 2 (trilogy and separate)
  • Key issues Forces and Motion and how to ensure your students are prepared for these
  • Simulations and models to help students’ understanding of Electromagnetism: Motors, Alternators and Dynamos – key points students should learn
  • Ideas for teaching paper 2 topics

Sarah Battams

Sarah has been teaching Physics at KS3, GCSE and A level for the last 19 years. She is an outstanding practitioner with consistently excellent examination results and value added at GCSE and A level. Her uptake at A-level is excellent. She believes that Physics lessons should be motivational and enable students to understand how to tackle examinations. Sarah examines at GCSE and A-level. She writes and edits for the online resource GCSE Pod.

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