This course is designed for all teachers of OCR A Level Chemistry who are looking for new approaches and practical methods to enhance student performance in Paper 3. The courses will explore methods by which student responses to the differing types of questions they will face in their Paper 3 examination can be improved.

All types of exam questions will be considered in terms of their requirements, common mistakes that students make when answering them and strategies to improve the quality of answers produced. Special focus will be upon exploring how different approaches to problem solving can lead to effective ways of tackling unfamiliar questions in Paper 3.

Paper 3 topics are generally taught in the second year, where students have more maturity and capability to produce high-level responses to these type of questions. Emphasis will also be on developing advanced skills in data analysis through targeted exercises. Delegates will take away insights into approaches that work in answering ‘levels of response’ questions and other questions.

The course is up to the minute and will respond to any changes in the examination series.


  • Explore how different approaches to problem solving lead to effective ways of tackling unfamiliar questions in Paper 3
  • Enhance laboratory learning through innovative activities in the classroom.
  • Build advanced skills in data analysis through targeted exercises
  • Gain insights into approaches that work in answering ‘levels of response’ questions and other questions
  • Support for the most able students to achieve the highest grades and nurture for those who struggle
COURSE DATES London | Thursday 25 November 2021
  • Teachers of OCR Chemistry
  • Heads of Chemistry
  • Teachers of Chemistry looking to change exam boards to OCR
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 – 10.40am: Paper 3 – insights and overview

  • A close examination of the structure of Paper 3.
  • Analysing the ‘Reports of Examinations’ to help students perform to their potential
  • Determining those specification topics that cause most challenge

10.40 – 11.00am: Morning Break


11.00 –  12.30pm: Preparing students for questions on practical techniques

  • From the classroom to laboratory practical work and back again – ideas to build understanding.
  • Developing seamless approaches to the practical assessment in the written exam and the practical endorsement through innovative activities
  • Determining the skills required to answer this type of question and providing opportunities to acquire them
  • Discussion of the different options and how to choose the right ones tom focus on


12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch


1.30 – 2.40pm: Dealing with data

  • Giving students confidence in presenting and processing data
  • Building advanced skills in data analysis using targeted exercises focused on rate equations and the Arrhenius equation
  • How to develop evaluation skills


2.40 – 2.50pm: Afternoon Tea


2.50 – 3.40pm: Maximising performance on Paper 3

  • Command words and what an examiner wants to see
  • Common student failings and how to avoid them
  • Maximising marks on ‘levels of response’ questions
  • Making the most of multiple choice questions
  • Strategies for answering questions set in unfamiliar contexts including routes through calculations

3.45pm: Depart

Robert Murray-Green

Robert Murray-Green is an experienced teacher of A level Chemistry and leads a department at an outstanding Sixth Form in the North West. He is an innovative and engaging practitioner who has consistently taught classes to excellent exam performance. He also produces online videos to support student learning in the subject.