This intensive course is designed for experienced teachers of AQA A level Physical Education (PE). Together we will investigate the skills that high ability students need to demonstrate to attain high grades and learn how to correctly evidence their practical talent. We will also analyse the summer exam feedback and student responses so that delegates leave with a range of effective teaching techniques to increase A*/A attainment. Finally, we will look beyond the course to focus on preparing talented PE students for university.


  • Focus on what teachers should aim to achieve with the most able PE students;
  • Develop greater understanding of what examiners are looking for in Grade A/A* responses
  • Take away a range of innovative ideas and resources to help students reach these levels
  • Obtain tools for engaging high ability students with the exam criteria to understand what is needed in A* answers
COURSE DATES London | Friday 13 March 2020
London | Tuesday 30 June 2020
  • Heads of Department
  • All teachers of AQA A-level PE
  • Teachers wishing to switch to AQA PE
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 – 10.40am
Key lesson for A and A* students from the 2019 AQA A level results

  • Feedback: looking back at the summer exams. What went well? What did examiners look for at the top levels?
  • Missing out on the A/A* grades: common mistakes and key issues
  • Work through A/A* responses and those that are not A/A*
  • Teaching and learning adaptations in response to the exam feedback, to improve A-A* attainment within your cohort
  • What does an AO3 short answer response look like – how can it be completed well with a concise approach?

10.40 – 11.00am
Discussion: coffee break

11.00 – 11.45pm
The relevance and importance of AO2 for A and A*

  • Exam paper analysis to reach conclusions about how AO2 is now assessed
  • What does this show us? The benefits of synoptic teaching
  • Using peer assessment activities to empower the learner with a mark scheme when focusing on AO2
  • Stretching the top students to differentiate yet merge AO2 and AO3
  • Increasing confidence with the assessment objectives in your teaching and using these to inform planning for the more able

11.45 – 12.30pm
AQA Paper 1: delivering the A and A*

  • Applied anatomy and physiology – the key features of top mark students in 2019
  • Teaching skill acquisition to obtain the highest marks
  • Sport and society: why top level students still struggle on this area and what we can do about it
  • Applying the techniques to the questions: getting full marks on 3 and 4 mark questions

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.35pm
Exam strategies to maximise marks on Paper 2

  • Review high level answers on the smaller mark questions. Analyse potential pitfalls for 2020
  • Tweaking current teaching strategies to mould to the expectations of the extended questions
  • What excellent 8 and 15 mark answers look like and how to replicate this under exam conditions
  • Turning lower level answers into model answers

2.35 – 2.45pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.45 – 3.45pm
Developing A/A* skills in the written NEA

  • What does excellent evaluation in Analysis and Evaluation look like?
  • Strategies and resources that develop breadth of analysis and depth in evaluation – skills to ensure students attain the highest grades
  • Accessing the top level of the best fit marking grid in the written NEA

Plenary and Depart

Jackie Brookes

Jackie is an experienced teacher of 16 years, with 5 years working as an AST and as a lead practitioner focussing on whole school teaching and learning. Her results at all levels are consistently above the national average. She has taught all aspects of A Level and BTEC and specialises in active teaching and learning approaches and in physiology in which these engaging ideas allow students to grasp difficult concepts. She is fully involved in the examination and moderation process at GCSE, BTEC and A Level with both AQA and Pearson. She is proud of her work within schools nationally to support teachers and students with the demands of the AQA GCSE and A level qualification.