This course is designed for all who are teaching the first year of the AQA Chemistry course. Throughout the day there will be insights and strategies into how to make difficult concepts accessible.

The course will:

  • Reflect and build on experiences of teaching the linear course
  • Develop teaching strategies to motivate learners and ensure successful outcomes for your students
  • Offer approaches to nurturing lower attaining students while challenging the most able to gain the highest grade
  • Focus on the different assessment challenges in practical work
  • Give insights into boosting exam performance in the written papers


  • Consider key messages from experiences of teaching the specification
  • Develop mathematical skills in your students, with a focus on Year 1 topics
  • Prepare students for Practical Assessment from the lab to the written exams
  • Build active revision into schemes of work from the outset of the course
  • Prepare your students for to perform well in examinations
  • Develop independent learners
  • Consider approaches to teaching difficult concepts
COURSE DATE London Tuesday 14 November 2017
WHO FOR?  All teachers of AQA Year 1 A Level Chemistry
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
Detailed notes On-line materials
Powerpoint presentations CPD Certificate
 High quality training facilities Sit-down buffet lunch


Additional information

Key StageA Level
Job TitleSubject Teacher

10.00 – 10.30am: Reflections and key messages

  • Building on experiences of teaching the new course
  • Key messages from the AS examinations

10.30 – 11.30am: Developing mathematical skills

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

11.30 – 11.45am: Discussion: coffee break


11.45 – 1.00pm: From multiple choice to extended response - Boosting examination performance

  • Making the most of multiple choice – tips, tricks and strategies
  • Finding ways through questions set in unfamiliar contexts
  • Marking for learning
  • Assessing by level of response
  • Maintaining consistent approaches is the key to success

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch and informal discussion


2.00 – 3.00pm: Practical assessment – From lab to written exam

  • Boosting performance
  • Laying foundations for future exam success
  • Learner-friendly approaches to maximise achievement

3.00 – 3.30pm: Preparing for excellent outcomes in Year 1 internal exams or the AS level

  • Planning active revision strategies from the outset of the course
  • Maintaining learning momentum throughout the year

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.