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Teaching AQA A-Level Economics for the First Time

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This new course is specifically targeted and designed for all teachers new to teaching AQA A-Level Economics. The course is designed to improve teachers’ understanding of A-Level teaching and ensure students have the best opportunity to maximise their potential grades. Teachers will receive new teaching approaches and techniques, ideas, as well as key guidance in how to develop with advice on the standards of A-Level and best ways to prepare students with the exam as the endgame. Practical strategies will be demonstrated for teaching across a broad range of student A-Level abilities.


  • Provide new teachers of A-level Economics with the structure, planning and confidence to teach effectively to all ability ranges
  • Find out more about the key challenges and how to teach them
  • Gain insight into the content, the exam structures, how the exams are marked and what the examiners are looking for
  • Take away effective strategies on how to teach the course to maximise student potential in all components
  • Examine lots of ideas to stimulate classroom delivery and performance
  • Discuss examples of student work and how to prepare students to get the maximise possible marks


The Challenges and what to Expect from Students 10.00 – 10.40am
  • An overview of the specification content and assessment procedures
  • Identifying and meeting the key challenges of the course
  • Ensuring a successful start for students in becoming independent learners
  • Supporting students to develop excellent economic skills to be successful

Focus on Paper 1: Markets and Market Failure

10.40 – 11.40pm
  • Effective strategies for presenting essential concepts in paper 1
  • Approaches to teaching the tricky topics successfully
  • Mastering paper 1 exam skills – understanding how the paper is assessed – the questions and question types
  • Enhancing application skills in student responses

Morning break

11.40 – 12.00am
A Spotlight on Paper 2: National and International Economy 12.00 – 1.00pm
  • Exploring fundamental concepts in paper 2
  • Strategies for teaching the more challenging content effectively
  • Optimising approaches to paper 2, excelling in the different question types
  • Fostering robust analytical skills in student responses

Leading Outstanding Teaching and Learning in Music I

12.00 – 1.00pm
  • Ways to create the right culture and environment to maximise teaching and learning
  • Methods and approaches to establish highly ambitious subject and pedagogical knowledge
  • Ensuring excellent curriculum design, planning and rapid progress from KS3-5
  • Implementing rigorous assessment procedures to promote rapid progress
  • Ways to get students to ‘buy-in’ to the assessment process and progress themselves with their own learning
  • Forensically analysing the data


1.00 – 2.00pm

Paper 3: Economic Principles and Issues – The Synoptic Paper

2.00 – 3.00pm
  • Professional learning – practical approaches and strategies that achieve exceptional standards in high attaining students
  • Ways to extend student thinking and beyond the structure and assessment of examination requirements
  • Developing effective strategies to engage, challenge and build the confidence and motivate students to stay the course, including setting tangible goals
  • Developing excellent learning and study skills and habits appropriate to music learning

Afternoon Tea

3.00 – 3.10pm
Marking, Assessment and Feedback 3.10 – 3.40pm
  • Decoding the exam marking criteria and enhancing proficiency in applying the mark scheme
  • What is the examiner looking for to reach top grades?
  • Marking and assessment strategies: supporting students to access the higher level grades
  • Assessing essay question responses: a critical analysis


London | Tuesday 19 December 2023
London | Wednesday 20 March 2024

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London | Tuesday 19 December 2023
London | Wednesday 20 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.



  • New teachers of A-Level Economics
  • Heads of Department for Economics


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

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