The aim of this student conference is to provide students with practical, engaging and motivating revision for the new A level Chemistry examinations. Throughout the day, students will participate actively in relevant, focused sessions with an emphasis on improving their grades. This conference is relevant to all A level specifications in England and Wales.


  •  Take back to school key guidance points from examiners on how to apply your knowledge to exam questions and obtain those crucial marks
  • Enhance your understanding of the key themes of A level Chemistry and see how they connect into a coherent picture
  • Benefit from top examiner insight: how to improve your grade and what gets the marks
  • Enjoy lively and informative presentations with plenty of opportunity to participate actively
  • Get advice on how to improve your performance in the new linear examinations
  • Ask questions directly to the subject experts


CONFERENCE DATE Exhibition Hall, Worthing College, Wed 29 Mar 2017
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course



10.00 AM – 10.10 AM: Introduction and welcome


10.10 AM – 11.00 AM : Calculating chemistry

  • Successful techniques in mole calculations and volumetric analysis
  • Kp calculations
  • Buffers
  • Finding routes through extended calculations

11.00 AM – 11.20 AM : Morning break


11.20 AM – 12.10 PM: Challenging topics in Organic Chemistry

  • Aromatic chemistry
  • The carbonyl group
  • Organic nitrogen compounds
  • Optical isomerism
  • NMR analysis
  • How to follow the ‘signposts’ in A Level questions

12.10 PM – 13.00 PM :Lunch


13.00 PM – 13.50 PM: Enhance your exam performance: the new rules of the game

  • How to focus your revision
  • Understand what the examiner wants to see
  • Making the most of mark schemes
  • Common student failings and how to avoid them
  • Mastering multiple choice
  • How to approach Levels of Response question

13.50 PM – 14.45 PM :Making links – the key to success!

  • Answering longer questions on topics such as:
    •  Properties of period 3 elements and oxides
    •  Colours of transition metal complexes
    •  Catalysis
    •  Chirality in biological molecules

14.45 PM – 15.40 PM: Synthetic routes

  • Functional groups and functioning molecules
  • What information do organic molecule reveal?
  • Steps in synthesis
  • Planning exam answers

Chris Conoley

Chris Conoley 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.

Jamie Sinclair

Jamie Sinclair is a former Head of Department at Gordon’s School, a leading non-selective state secondary schools in England which has been rated OFSTED outstanding in last 7 inspections. Has also taught at QE Boys Barnet. Current team-leader examiner for OCR, CiE and IB and proof-reader for a leading revision publishing house. A level classes consistently at ALPS 3 or above; last year  GCSE classes averaged top 90 percentile SSE FFT. I have had pupils taught by me go on to represent the UK in the international Olympiad. Consistently have 40% of my A level classes looking to read chemistry/natural science at Russell Group universities.