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Teaching Pearson/Edexcel A-Level Business for the First Time

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Are you teaching Pearson Edexcel A level business for the first time, and wish to improve your subject knowledge? Do you wish to strengthen your delivery and confidence, to provide a stimulating and challenging experience for your students? As well as developing subject knowledge, we will suggest how you can integrate inspiring and engaging practical activities and projects into your lessons. We also cover how to tackle the trickier topics such as ratio analysis and theme 4 topics. We will also look at exciting and engaging ways to teach the pre-release research paper 3. The course will cover starters, plenaries, assessment and will suggest a range of practical ideas which can be used in the classroom to enhance teaching and learning.


  • Discover ways to plan effective lessons that engage mixed ability learners
  • Develop knowledge and abilities to carry out effective Pearson/Edexcel A Level Business teaching
  • Find ways to deliver the trickier topics of the Pearson/Edexcel A Level Business syllabus
  • Practice assessment and target setting
  • Discover ways to engage students with the paper 3 pre-release research topic
  • Share ideas for lessons with fellow business teachers
  • Reflect on your own practice and identify ways to improve it


Getting to grips with Edexcel A-Level Business specification

10.00 – 10.30am
  • Discover ways to set high standards to affect student outcomes
  • Find ways to use relatable case studies to build on students’ prior knowledge
  • Anticipate common misconceptions
  • How to teach business terminology, exposing students to higher tier business words and phrases
  • Discuss effective ways to use modelling, explanations and scaffolding
  • Find ways to use past papers and examiner reports to support teaching the Edexcel A Level specification

Starters and Plenaries and Everything In-between

10.30 – 11.00am
  • Discover exciting starters to engage learners
  • Find effective plenaries to check understanding
  • Practice use of mini plenaries to improve lesson outcomes
  • Discuss the use of flipped learning tasks to challenge your students to achieve their potential in the subject
  • Develop ideas for effective exit tickets


Morning Break

11.00 – 11.20am

Tackling the Trickier Topics

11.20 – 12.30pm
  • Develop winning ways with relatable company financial data
  • Practice easy ways to teach analysis of graphs and charts in exam case studies
  • Find methods of teaching the key theories using diagrams
  • Explore ways to use retrieval in lessons to boost attainment



12.30 – 1.30pm

Assessment and Target Setting

1.30 – 2.00pm
  • Ways to use cold calling in Edexcel A level Business lessons
  • Discuss how to plan formative assessment tasks linked to lesson objectives
  • Drawing conclusions about student understanding by looking at patterns of performance
  • Discover ways to structure tasks to enable the identification of knowledge gaps and misconceptions
  • Using self-assessment and peer marking effectively in business lessons


Afternoon Break

2.00 – 2.15pm

Preparing Students for Exams

2.15 – 3.30pm
  • Tips for success on the Edexcel A Level Business exams
  • Find out about revision techniques to teach in class
  • Discover time management techniques to help your students make best use of their revision time
  • Practicing ways to encourage students to trade up terms in their essays
  • Embedding digital revision techniques into lessons and research


London | Tuesday 06 February 2024

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London | Tuesday 06 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.


  • ECTs teaching Pearson/Edexcel A-Level Business
  • PGCE Students teaching Pearson/Edexcel A-Level Business
  • Non-subject specialists teaching Pearson/Edexcel A-Level Business
  • Business teachers who are considering switching exam boards to Pearson/Edexcel


  • 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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