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AQA GCSE History Student Conference

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This new, exciting and interactive AQA GCSE History programme will provide students with a motivational, informative and valuable revision day. Specially designed by practicing senior examiners, the day will give your students expert advice, guidance and examples on how to improve their performance in their examinations.


  • A new AQA GCSE History conference for 2022, covering the key topics and skills required to succeed on every question type
  • Fully interactive day, engaging, informative; the specification brought to life in engaging sessions
  • Expert guidance from examiners on improving performance in the different exam paper sections
  • Take away a new set of notes which give excellent revision advice and demonstrate the levels required for success


Welcome and Introduction

10.00 – 10.10am

Writing Top Level Answers

10.10 – 10.45am
  • Levels and Grades; why are they important? How to move upwards!
  • The big, own knowledge questions, what are examiners looking for? What are the differences between Grades 4-5 and Grades 7-8?
  • What makes a really good Grade 9 answer? Top tips to impress an examiner.
  • Take the planning challenge, can you produce a top-level answer?

Germany 1890-1945

10.45 – 11.30am
  • Planning an answer: do I really have to do it for 4, 8, 12 and 16-mark questions?
  • Student exercise: the Munich Putsch
  • The Chronology of Germany
  • Student exercise: Take the Germany chronology challenge, can you sort it out?
  • Germany: how to hit the top levels in each case.
  • Describe two problems
  • In what ways were …..affected?
  • ‘Which of the following was more important….’ How to tackle the question.
  • Interpretations questions on Stresemann, the Reichstag Fire and the Hitler Youth Movements

Conflict and tension: 1918-1939

11.50 – 12.40pm
  • What went wrong at Versailles, the aims of the Big Four and Manchuria and Abyssinia.
  • Student exercise: the League of Nations
  • Student exercise: Take the League of Nations chronology challenge, can you sort it out?
  • How to hit the top levels in each question.
  • Describe two problems
  • Writing an ‘account’, what’s it all about?
  • ‘Which of the following was more important….’ How to tackle the question.
  • Tackling a ‘How far do you agree?’ question
  • Using sources: what are the key points? What should you avoid? What gets you the top level?
  • Student exercise: How can propaganda be useful?


12.40 – 1.10pm

Question Box

1.10 – 1.30pm
    A chance to ask direct questions to the keynote speakers, with a prize awarded for the best question.

The Thematic Study: Medicine, Power, Migration and Empire

1.30 – 2.10pm
  • The Thematic Studies will be dealt with generically.
  • Factors for change across time; why are they important?
  • Examples and exercises across all three thematic studies
  • What do the questions require? Similar, Explain, How far?
  • How to construct an answer to a question involving factors.
  • Source questions: what are examiners looking for?

The British Study: Elizabethan England

2.10 – 2.55pm
  • Why was religion so important? What was Elizabeth trying to achieve?
  • Student exercise: How did Puritans and Catholics behave? Which posed the greater threat to Elizabeth?
  • Planning an answer do I really have to do it for 4, 12 and 16-mark questions?
  • Student exercise: Explain what was important about the development of the theatre
  • Getting to the higher levels in an ‘Explain’ question.
  • What does a ‘How far’ question want by way of an answer
  • Student exercise: the Historic Environment Mary, Queen of Scots

Final Top Tips

2.55 – 3.15pm
  • Getting the whole picture
  • Student exercise: Germany
  • Student exercise: simple sorting
  • Passive and active revision
  • Final Top Tip: Answer the Question!


The Regent Hall, 275 Oxford Street, London, W1C 2DJ | Monday 27 February 2023
King’s Church, Sidney Street, Manchester, M1 7HB | Monday 06 February 2023

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This conference, 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.


Malcolm Chandler & Helen Preedy


  • A Specially prepared notes, practical advice and guidance by the course leader
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

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