If you are new to teaching A-level Chemistry then this course will give you teaching strategies that motivate learners and ensure successful outcomes, with an emphasis on topics taught in the first year of the A-level. It aims to build your confidence to teach difficult concepts in an accessible way and help you prepare students for the increased emphasis on mathematics and practical assessment. There will be ideas, tips and techniques to nurture students who struggle, while giving you fresh approaches that that will stretch the most able. We will look at ways of boosting exam performance, whichever specification you are following.


  • Receive key messages from the first two years of teaching the new specifications
  • Develop mathematical skills in your students through tried and tested methods
  • Understand how to approach topics that learners find difficult, from the mole to organic reaction mechanisms
  • Consider strategies to boost performance in practical assessment, both in the lab and in written exams
  • Increase your understanding of how to prepare students for the new style of examination papers
  • Gain insights into developing independent learners
  • Take advantage of the opportunities to share teaching approaches with colleagues in similar situations
  • Heads of Science Faculties
  • Heads of Science
  • Heads of Chemistry
  • Teachers starting off teaching Chemistry at A level
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


10.00 – 10.30am
Setting the scene

  • Understanding the key messages and challenges for teaching the specification
  • Considering the challenges that students experience, from the beginning of the course through to the final exams
  • Building foundations for successful learning – knowing the standard and making sure students can meet it
  • How to aim for exam success

10.30 – 11.30am
Developing mathematical skills

  • How to embed mathematical content into the your course
  • Supporting students in developing the required skills
  • Techniques for teaching the mole
  • Developing strategies to boost student confidence
  • Exploring approaches necessary for success when answering exam questions

11.30 – 11.45am
Discussion: coffee break

11.45 – 12.45pm
Fundamental concepts and skill development

  • Building links from the electron through to the Periodic Table
  • Energy change, reaction rates and equilibria
  • Planning the development of practical skills and practical endorsement
  • Developing thinking skills: practical teaching strategies that make learning active, learners independent and lessons memorable

12.45 – 1.45pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.45 – 2.35pm
From molecules to mechanisms in organic chemistry

  • Getting the basics right: teaching the key specification content well
  • Problem solving approaches to learning key concepts
  • Teaching analytical techniques for exam success

2.35 – 3.35pm
Examination Preparation

  • Overview: what are examiners looking for? Feedback from 2018 to highlight key areas to cover
  • What makes an A/A* candidate? Ensuring excellent teaching to stretch able candidates to achieve their best
  • Teaching effective examination technique: making the most of multiple choice
  • Preparing for extended questions and looking at ‘Levels of Response’
  • Linking concepts is the key to success
  • From Lab to written exam – boosting performance and high impact teaching

3.35 – 3.45pm
Planning for Year 2 and depart

  • Organising your teaching for a smooth start to the second year of A-level

Chris Conoley

Chris is a highly experienced teacher of Chemistry, Head of Science and latterly a College Principal. He is the author of numerous educational textbooks, including the much praised Collins Advanced Science Chemistry, now in its third edition. As a Senior A Level Examiner, he understands how important it is that students acquire and develop the science skills necessary for success. He leads training courses for teachers both in the UK and overseas and is passionate about making science relevant, accessible and fun.

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