This new course is intended for all teachers who wish to ensure the high achievement of students in AQA A-level Physics. By providing tried and tested teaching techniques and approaches the courses aims to help teachers raise attainment in students of all abilities and experience by improving confidence, knowledge and a stronger understanding of what examiners are looking for.


  • Explore and discuss feedback from the latest examinations
  • Take away approaches to building mathematical fluency in students
  • Gain ways to develop students’ practical skills for Paper 3 questions
  • Focus on Papers 1 and 2 misconceptions and how they can be used to enhance understanding
  • Heads of Physics
  • Teachers of AQA A level 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 – 10.30am
Feedback from the latest AQA A-level examinations

  • The overall stats –and what they tell us
  • The grade boundaries for each paper (indicating the level of difficulty of each)
  • The topics and question types that caused the most difficulty for students

10.30 – 11.00am
Securing the Best Start – Bridging the gap between GCSE and A level

  • The key differences between A-level and GCSE
  • The key features, topics, question types that most demonstrate outstanding achievement
  • Reliably identifying what the students already know
  • Making students more self-sufficient and developing them as independent learners

11.00 – 11.20am
Discussion: coffee break

11.20 – 11.40pm
Building mathematical fluency

  • The key mathematical skills required at A-level
  • Boosting students’ confidence in maths
  • Using Mymaths, and MathsWatch to provide additional tuition and practice

11.40 – 12.30pm
Developing students’ practical skills

  • The must-do practicals, when and how to do them
  • Teaching approaches which ensure outstanding achievement
  • Typical exam questions in paper 3 and how to prepare your students to answer them

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.30pm
Focus on Paper 1

The most common misconceptions and how they can be overcome for the paper 1 topics:

  • Measurements and errors
  • Particles and radiation
  • Waves
  • Mechanics and materials
  • Electricity
  • Preparing your students to answer the questions that cause the greatest difficulty

2.30 – 3.30pm
Focus on Paper 2

The most common misconceptions and how they can be overcome for the paper 2 topics:

  • Measurements and errors
  • Thermal Physics
  • Fields and their consequences
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Preparing your students to answer the questions that cause the greatest difficulty

Howard Dodd

Howard has worked as an A-level Physics Principal Examiner (writing exam papers and supervising marking) for over twenty years being employed by OCR, AQA and Edexcel.
He has taught A-level physics in a number of secondary schools, maintained and independent, and has extensive experience of leading very successful physics and science departments. Before becoming an educational consultant he lectured in Science and Physics Education for fifteen years at the University of Exeter.  He is a qualified Ofsted inspector and continues to train and assess ITT trainees on the School Direct QTS training programmes. He has a national reputation for providing high quality and helpful in-service training courses for secondary and post-16 teachers.

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