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AQA A-Level PE: Preparing Students for Exam Success in 2025 and Beyond

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This brand-new course for all teachers of AQA A Level PE will explore how you can turn the mistakes made in previous exam series into an opportunity for positive change moving forward, fully preparing your students for success in the year ahead and beyond. This interactive course will support and challenge teachers in equal measures.

You will leave with a thorough overview of the main lessons to be learnt from previous examinations and a wide range of ideas, methods and approaches to prepare students to maximise their potential in the 2025 exams. Emphasis will be made on the demands of the exams and NEA that are not met as well as they could be, and the implications this has for your A-Level teaching and learning.


  • Understand the main lessons to be learnt from previous examinations
  • Gain an informed overview of key areas of concern
  • Learn new and innovative ways to deliver areas that target these areas of concern
  • Experience and try out novel pedagogy in the classroom
  • Produce a strategic approach to maximise student success in 2025 and beyond


The Exam – Reflections and Approaches

10.00 – 11.00am
  • Feedback from the most recent exam: what is it essential to be aware of?
  • The main factors that affect examination success in papers 1 and 2 and the challenges experienced by candidates
  • Deep-diving problem questions from papers 1 and 2
  • How to engage students in the content of the course, and how to maximise their focus on what brings the most reward in examinations
  • Reflections on the most recent mark scheme and what this means moving forward
  • Starting to make a plan of action- what should we do? How should we do it?


11.00 – 11.20am

Extended Question Focus

11.20 – 12.00pm
  • How do students answer compared to what the exam board want to see
  • Strategies to decipher and meet the demands of the questions
  • Managing synopticity
  • AO3 clinic- ways to fix the AO3 success rate in your school

Short Answer Headaches

12.00 – 12.40pm
  • Dealing with data in the manner that A Level PE expects
  • Working with new and innovative methods to prepare students for data demands
  • Deciphering where marks are lost in 3-5 mark questions
  • Working on strategies to minimise the silly mistakes


1.00 – 2.00pm

Spotlight on the NEA

2.00 – 2.40pm
  • The AQA standard at different grades and getting your students to reach it – why do they miss out?
  • Outstanding practical teaching and assessment that helps your students gain the best marks
  • Techniques to help students construct excellent written coursework: where and why they can struggle with this skill


2.40 – 2.50pm

Moving Forward and Maximising Success in 2025 and Beyond

2.50 – 3.40pm
  • Summary of what we have learnt
  • Producing a plan of action to maximise student success in 2025
  • Specific lessons to be learnt and how to prevent them from happening again
  • Ensuring whole department success – managing staff and developing a progressive teaching culture that organically learns and improves



London | Thursday 27 June 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.


Ross Howitt works as a Principal Moderator, Coursework Advisor and Lead Examiner for major examining boards. He has many published educational works and provides a strong, informative focus on all matters relating to academic Physical Education. He has a strong reputation for delivering focused and informative INSET courses and is a regular provider of articles and information to a number of educational periodicals. He provides educational consultancy in schools/ colleges around the country and overseas.


  •  Teachers of AQA A-Level PE
  • Heads of Department
  • Academic leads for PE
  • Prospective or new teachers of AQA A-Level PE


  • A specially prepared folder 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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