‘New’ topics have been added to the latest A-level Chemistry specifications, which have increased the challenge for both teaching and learning, including an increased mathematical demand and content. This has meant that some students have not performed as well on these topics in the examinations as they should have done.  In this NEW course, our experienced and nationally recognised Chemistry expert Conor will explore the key features and challenges of these new topics as well as new approaches to some difficult familiar topics. He will demonstrate how questions can be put together to increase the level of demand, boost student performance and look at approaches to teaching and answering these questions, so that all students may be successful.


  • Gain the confidence to teach the ‘New’ topics in chemistry to a high standard, with successful techniques
  • Obtain teaching methods which allow students the opportunity to be successful with challenging questions
  • Take away new approaches and resources for difficult topic areas
  • Gain approaches that will develop weaker students and stretch more able students
  • Experienced teachers of A level Chemistry
  • Ambitious teachers of A level Chemistry
  • Heads of Chemistry departments
  • Heads of Science
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
New topics and new approaches

  • Unstructured mole calculations, titrations and the ideal gas equation
  • Redox and Group 17. Using oxidation numbers to balance difficult equations
  • E/Z isomerism, CIP rules and Markownikoff’s rule. What are the difficult aspects that the examiners will focus on? 

11.15 – 11.30am
Coffee break and informal discussion

11.30 – 1.00pm
Teaching the more complex maths

  • Arrhenius equation and what we can expect in exams
  • Ensuring students really understand what is happening when we alter conditions.
  • Acids, Bases and Buffers. How can we learn all these equations? Making difficult buffer questions easier to answer. Considering the approximations we make use of in equations.

1.00 – 1.45pm

1.45 – 2:45pm
New topics and new approaches for Organic topics

  • Organic mechanisms. The mechanisms we need to know and then anything else. Do our students really understand mechanisms?
  • Organic synthesis. Increasing the carbon chain length and putting it all together!

2.45 – 3.00pm
Afternoon tea and informal discussion

3.00 – 3.45pm
Tackling the unstructured questions

  • Methods of Analysis in unstructured questions. Focussed approaches to gain maximum marks?
  • Ensuring students are confident with NMR

3.45 pm

Conor Stone

Conor has worked in sixth form colleges for 17 years as Head of Department, STEM Coach and Performance Coach and is also an SLE (Subject Leader in Education). In that time he has also acted as an examiner for a major examination body. He currently works in a sixth form college graded outstanding in all areas and has been graded numerous times internally and by Ofsted as an outstanding practitioner.

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