This is an in depth course aimed at all OCR A Level Chemistry teachers, which explores a range of effective approaches and strategies that raise attainment and support students to maximise their potential top marks, including those aiming for the top grades in examination.

You will leave equipped with a range of teaching approaches on how you can assess the causes of learners’ poor attainment in exams and help them to address these issues through developing practical and mathematical skills, improving key learning areas and improving exam technique.

Emphasis will also be on approaches to teaching the topics that students find most difficult, as well as ways of getting students into the correct mind-set for success.


  • Gain an insight into different forms of exam questions and their requirements
  • Review and evaluate examples of student answers – and why students can under-perform
  • Prepare learners focussed on key skills for success from day 1
  • Explore the topics which students find the most difficult and identify strategies to make them more accessible
  • Identify strategies to develop the independent student and give them a mind-set for success to achieve the top grades
  • Reflect on current teaching methods and ascertain new ideas and approaches to improve results
  • Take away ideas, resources and activities to stretch learners – for immediate use and impact
COURSE DATES Online | Monday 15 November 2021
  • Heads of Chemistry
  • Teachers of OCR A Level Chemistry
  • Science teachers looking to change exam boards to OCR A level Chemistry
  • Heads of Science Department
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance


10.00 – 10.30am: How can we best prepare students for Papers 1 & 2? 

  • Feedback: mark schemes and examiners reports – what do they tell us about the standards set for the top learners? How can we use them effectively? How can they use them effectively?
  • Teaching order – does it really matter?
  • Ways of learning – are you teaching with the end in sight, moving beyond just covering topics to preparing for exam from day one!


10.30 – 11.10am: Building up the students to succeed 

  • Getting their mind-set right for success – high and sustainable expectations. They’re not there ‘yet’
  • Moving on from GCSE approaches: look at their current study and revision techniques and how to adapt them for A Level to achieve the top grades.
  • Relentless and resilient – keeping them engaged and motivated throughout
  • How to build metacognition – scaffolding tasks that get them to think about their own success

11.10 – 11.30am: Break


11.30 – 12.40pm: Organic Chemistry – the key challenges

  • GCSE misconceptions and common errors – what are they? How can we address them?
  • The most challenging topics – where are marks lost?
  • Coping with the volume of content – building up to it
  • Teaching approaches and ideas to ensure the highest marks in Organic Synthesis questions
  • Strategies for success in the exam


12.40 – 1.40pm: Lunch


1.40 – 2.30pm: The maths content in the OCR specification

  • Analysing the maths content in the new specification
  • Learning, studying and revision of physical chemistry and ‘learning the maths’ for an A/A*
  • Acids and Bases – the most challenging topic
  • Strategies for success with the maths element in the exams


2.30 – 2.40pm: Afternoon Tea & Informal Discussion


2.40 – 3.15pm: Exam 2022: Tactics and Techniques

  • Revision methods and ideas for helping students to prepare for the 2022examinations
  • What does success look like for the most able Chemists?
  • How to develop resilience so that all Chemistry students achieve their grade potential

3.15 – 3.45pm: Keeping the momentum going: avoiding ‘death by past paper’

  • What are the biggest challenges of the linear course for the learner?
  • Simple techniques for lessons and revision – keep them on their toes and avoid death by past paper
  • The importance of feedback – setting effective targets to stretch learners to the A/A*
  • Resources to support teaching and learning
  • Prove it – do they really understand it?