This new course is designed for all teachers who are preparing to teach the second year of the new AQA specification.

The course will focus on:

  • Understanding the nature, structure and demands of the new AQA Year 2 specification
  • Effective teaching of the harder concepts/new topics
  • Maintaining motivation and learning momentum in the second year of the course
  • Developing excellent exam technique for higher demand questions
  • Preparing students for the unique challenges of Paper 3
  • Supporting the most able to achieve the highest grades
  • Nurturing lower attaining students to maximise their potential
  • Continuing to develop and assess practical skills, particularly those of investigation and research


  • Explore the key changes in the second year of the A level course
  • Take away a range of strategies and activities for teaching Year 2 successfully
  • Develop your approaches to tackle the challenging Year 2 topics
  • Take away strategies for the Practical Investigation that can be incorporated into teaching and help prepare students well for written assessment
  • Consider key skills that would enable students to maximise their A level grade


COURSE DATE London, Wednesday 14 June 2017
WHO FOR?  All teachers of AQA Year 2 A Level Chemistry who want to prepare their students for the 2017 exams
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



10.00 – 10.30am: Preparing for Year 2 of the AQA specification

  • Reflect on the key messages from the first year through
  • Highlight the major changes to the AQA Year 2 specification
  • Examine the unique challenges of Year 2

10.30 – 11.30am: Outstanding lessons for the tougher topics in Physical Chemistry

  • Techniques for teaching thermodynamics
  • Strategies for helping students with rate equations
  • Explaining electrode potentials and predicting redox reactions
  • Tackling acid-base equilibria and calculating pH and buffers

11.30 – 11.45am: Discussion: coffee break


11.45 – 1.00pm: Year 2 Inorganic and Organic Chemistry

  • Teaching approaches to the more challenging areas of transition metal chemistry
  • From molecules to mechanisms in organic chemistry
  • Amino acids, protein structure and DNA
  • Devising synthetic routes in organic synthesis
  • Teaching A level analytical techniques

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch and informal discussion


2.00 – 2.50pm: Boosting examination performance in the A level exams

  • From multiple choice to extended response
  • Approaches for preparing students for Paper 1 and Paper 2
  • Strategies for helping students with the unique challenges of Paper 3

2.50 – 3.40pm: Practical assessment in Year 2 – the new approach

  • Developing the higher order skills of planning, analysis and evaluation
  • From lab to written exam – boosting performance
  • How to rise to challenges assessed in the written papers
  • Learner-friendly approaches to maximise achievement
  • Preparing for practical endorsement at A-level

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.