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AQA GCSE History: How to get across the toughest topic

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This brand-new course will explore the more difficult to teach topics in AQA GCSE History and is designed for all teachers who wish to ensure their students maximise their potential. By providing a range of fresh and innovative teaching approaches to help students achieve a greater depth of understanding in these areas, the course aims to help teachers foster outstanding teaching, learning and achievement and raise the overall attainment of their classes. This course aims to explore the toughest topics to teach and for students to engage with on the AQA GCSE History Course and will focus in on 3 units – Germany, USA and WW1, exploring teaching and learning strategies to be utilised across all topic areas.


  • Gain a deeper understanding of some of the key topics on the AQA GCSE History
  • Engage with new teaching resources and strategies for teaching key topics
  • Receive informed lesson ideas and resources to make delivery easier and more effective
  • Network with fellow professionals
  • Clarify any misconceptions in depth and theoretical application

AD America, 1920–1973: Opportunity and inequality 1

10.00 – 10.30am
  • What is needed to be known and in how much depth
  • American people and the ‘Boom’
  • How to get across the toughest topics
  • Resources, teaching and learning ideas, general approaches
  • Why some of the teaching areas prove to be more problematic than others


Morning Break

10.30 – 10.50am

AD America, 1920–1973: Opportunity and inequality 2

10.50 – 11.50am
  • Fantastic teaching of Post-war America that prepares for all examination eventualities
  • What lessons look like for Americans’ experiences of the Depression and New Deal
  • An opportunity to ask the presenter
  • Enrichment opportunities – home learning and more

AB Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and dictatorship

11.50 – 12.50pm
  • How to get across the toughest topics including Impact of the First World War and Weimar Democracy
  • New approaches to teaching Germany and the Depression
  • How can you make sure your students understand the experiences of the Germans under the Nazis and apply this in the exam
  • Ways to remember key words and concepts



12.50 – 1.50pm

BA Conflict and tension: the First World War, 1894–1918

1.50 – 2.40pm
  • Ways to teach this unit with specific reference to The Alliance System, Anglo-German rivalry and the Outbreak of War
  • How deep to teach military tactics and technology, including trench warfare and how to apply this in the exam

Afternoon Break & Teachmeet

2.40 – 3.10pm
  • Teaching and Learning takeaways from across the range of AQA History units
  • A chance to network with colleagues

Exam Tactics and Techniques

3.10 – 3.40pm
  • How to bring all the content together to prepare for the exam
  • How to embed exam technique for students at different levels
  • Major pitfalls that can occur in exams and how to avoid them
  • Revision strategies …. that work


London | Tuesday 19 March 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.


Tom Rogers is an experienced teacher and middle leader, having worked in both the UK and internationally as a History teacher, Head of History and latterly Assistant Headteacher. He leads CPD for teachers and History revision sessions for students. His passion is in making schools better places for teachers to work in, inspiring him to write more than 100 blogs for the TES and share his love of teaching with the profession.


  • Heads of History
  • Teachers new to AQA GCSE History
  • Experienced Teachers of AQA GCSE History looking for fresh ideas


  • All teachers of AQA A Level History
  • Teachers looking to improve exam results
  • Heads of History
  • Heads of Humanities

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