This is a brand new 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 and new parts of the GCSE Physics specification and look at a variety of useful online resources.


  • 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: How to perform in GCSE calculation questions

  • Understanding why students struggle with these questions and how to improve exam performance
  • Learning the formulae – strategies and repetitive 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

11.15 – 11.30am: Discussion: coffee break


11.30 – 12.30pm: How to perform in questions on the required practicals

  • Adapting task sheets for the AQA required practicals – student task sheets will be provided
  • Student templates for writing practical methods
  • Incorporating the “working scientifically” skills into your teaching of the specification and exams
  • How to ensure students understand and utilise their practical knowledge in the written papers

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.30 – 2.30pm: Best practice when teaching difficult topics

  • Lessons from the 2018 exams – where AQA Physics students did well and struggled… and integrating those messages into your teaching
  • Electric circuits questions – tips on how students should approach these plus several examples for students to practice
  • Explanation questions – bullet pointing the key phrases to target the marks in topics such as terminal velocity, Rutherford scattering etc.
  • Highlighting the new topics within the syllabus – gears, adding and resolving forces, neutron decay, finding gradients of tangents etc.

2.30 – 2.45pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


2.45 – 3.45pm: Online resources and mini practicals to use in your teaching

  • Online simulations to model abstract concepts such as electric current, particle models of gases at different temperatures and pressures, d.c. motors, dynamos and alternators
  • Useful You-tube clips to demonstrate practicals and provide students with images on which to construct their comprehension
  • Online revision resources that produce real results
  • A selection of fun mini practicals and demonstrations to bring the subject alive whilst leaving time for the extensive content

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. Sarah examines at GCSE and A-level. She writes for the online resource GCSE Pod.

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