This NEW course will demonstrate, for teachers approaching A level RS for the first time, how to prepare to guide your students for any of the English and Welsh Religious Studies A level specifications. Led by Jon Mayled, the course will demonstrate teaching and learning ideas for all popular options to enable students to develop their skills. The course will explore what is expected of students and outline ways to build your teaching practice around this.


  • Focused on identifying the key demands of the A level RS specifications and providing materials to help teachers prepare students effectively
  • The course will look in detail at the different demands of questions across specifications
  • Mark schemes will be analysed to identify and clarify the requirements of the levels.
  • Sample answers will be discussed and marked
  • Materials will be provided that will allow teachers to cover the content effectively in innovative and student-friendly ways that push all students to achieve their best possible results
  • All first time teachers of AS/A level Religious Studies
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • 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
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues

10.00 – 11.00am
Bridging the gap from GCSE to A level

  • What have GCSE students learnt?
  • How to bridge the gap after GCSE – and why it exists!
  • Where students succeed and struggle in A level RS
  • Approaches, materials and activities to help students to prepare for their AS/A level course

11.00 – 11.15am
Discussion: coffee break

11.15 – 12.30pm
Successfully teaching AS/A level – making a great start

  • What do AS/A level involve?
  • The latest specifications and the key challenging areas within them
  • Choice of modules / papers
    • Which papers to choose
    • Criteria to use
  • Types of questions and suitability for students
  • Planning the first year – what to do and when

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.30pm
Question papers, levels of response, mark schemes

  • Making sure that your students are prepared without teaching to the test
  • Format of question papers
  • Levels of response
  • Indicative content mark schemes and using them properly in your teaching
  • Examiners’ Reports: how they can really help your planning and results

2.30 – 2.45pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.45 – 3.45pm
Marking exam scripts

  • Practical exercise in marking scripts individually and collectively
  • Distinguishing grades
  • Student feedback and getting success in extended writing questions
  • Getting students to think and respond at a high level throughout the course: tips, tactics and methods
  • Plenary