AQA A-Level Business – Aiming for A and A*

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This new course offers exciting and practical ways to move your students through the grade boundaries towards the A and A* grades. Learn new techniques to challenge your most able students to help them reach their potential. Discover the value of group work and flipped learning tasks. This is an interactive and practical course, which will give teachers’ support and ideas on how to best meet the needs of their higher ability AQA A Level Business students. Particular emphasis will be on success with the high tariff questions and ways to help students succeed in the finance topics on the papers.


  • Find exciting ways to engage and raise attainment of students on all 3 AQA A-Level Business exams
  • Take away a range of fresh approaches to teaching the key theories
  • Discuss ways to introduce wow starters to your lessons
  • Discover ways to use flipped learning to enhance learner outcomes
  • Gain greater understanding of how class teaching can go hand-in-hand with increased learner activity
  • Find out how effective plenaries and exit tickets can check understanding
  • Gain some practical advice on how to guide students to improve their grade on the high tariff questions
  • Practice some effective ways to teach the finance topics


Feedback from recent AQA A-Level Business exams

10.00 – 10.30am
  • Explore ways to use examiner reports for teaching and learning with A/A* students
  • Discuss key takeaways for A/A* learners from the most recent AQA A-Level Business exams
  • Sharing best practice with use of command words for A/A* learners
  • Discussion of misconceptions that might come up on the exams as identified by examiners
  • Explore ways to structure lessons to challenge high ability learners

Focus on High Tariff Questions

10.30 – 11.20am
  • Exam techniques to move A/A* students towards full marks on high tariff questions
  • 7 steps to successful high tariff essays
  • Developing the use of external PESTLE factors in A/A* essays
  • Discover ways to enhance A/A* student analysis with logical chains of reason
  • Practice techniques to teach students how to get effective context and application in essays
  • Exciting ways to encourage students to use definitions for important knowledge marks


Morning Break

11.20 – 11.40am

Starters and Plenaries and Everything in Between

11.40 – 12.30pm
  • Discover exciting starters to engage A/A* learners
  • Employing effective plenaries to check understanding of high ability students
  • Practice use of mini plenaries to improve lesson outcomes for A/A* students
  • Explore the use of flipped learning tasks to challenge your top students to achieve their A/A* potential



12.30 – 1.30pm

Tackling the Finance Questions – Challenging the Most Able Students

1.30 – 2.30pm
  • Discover fresh and engaging approaches and techniques to teach the finance topics
  • What makes a strong A-Level response? How can students demonstrate this in the exams?
  • Identify key methods to help A/A* students gain more marks on the finance questions
  • Examine practice questions using relatable company finance data
  • Guiding A/A* students to use ratios more effectively in their essays


Afternoon Break

2.20 – 2.30pm

Examiner Hints and Key Takeaways

2.30 – 3.30pm
  • Tips for success on the AQA A-Level Business exams
  • Find out about revision techniques to teach in class
  • Discover techniques to help A/A* students make best use of their revision time
  • New approaches to encourage students to trade up terms in their essays
  • Embedding digital revision techniques into lessons and research


London | Monday 05 February 2024

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London | Monday 05 February 2024

This course, tailored to suit, can be delivered in your school. Discuss this further with our CPD team on 01625 532974 or click below to make an enquiry.


Sarah Hilton has been a business teacher and examiner for over two decades. She also works for OCR as the subject consultant in the design of new business qualifications. She has taught in mainstream and private schools in the North and the South of the UK and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise. She is a teacher trainer and regularly visits schools giving Business revision sessions to GCSE and A level Students. She writes for the EBEA and was also the author of ZigZag Education’s very popular eRevision software.


  • Teachers of AQA A-Level Business
  • PGCE Students teaching AQA A-Level Business
  • Heads of Business
  • Non-subject specialists teaching AQA A-Level Business
  • ECTs teaching AQA A-Level Business


  • 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

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