This revised course is designed for all teachers of AQA A-Level History who wish to ensure their students all achieve strong results at the end of the course. The course provides teaching strategies and ideas, plus excellent methods for NEA and exams which will help teachers raise attainment in students of all abilities. The course considers the AQA standard and how to get your students to meet it, during teaching and in the assessments, by improving confidence, knowledge and a stronger understanding of what examiners are looking for.


  • Take away strategies to support students in analysing and evaluating historical interpretations to a high level
  • Obtain successful strategies for teaching source analysis, extract analysis, and essay writing
  • Deepen your understanding of the AQA standards, assessment objectives and mark schemes
  • Develop an increased understanding of how to use feedback and marking strategies to raise attainment
  • Strategies for improving students’ thinking and historical skills at A Level
COURSE DATE London Monday 1 July 2019

London Friday 29 November 2019

  • Heads of History Departments
  • Teachers of AQA A Level History
  • Teachers new to AQA A Level History
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 – 10.30am
From GCSE to AQA A Level

  • Building the foundations for AQA A level at GCSE; dovetailing your course to get the best start to the A-level, including establishing the key skills
  • What are the qualities AQA look for in an outstanding A Level student?

10.30 – 11.30am
Component 1: Teaching Historical Interpretations

  • Developing the skills required to analyse historical interpretations for AQA
  • Establishing what an interpretation is based upon
  • Reading an extract to establish overall argument – how to improve this vital skill and strengthen student exam technique
  • What AQA examiners are looking for in Paper 1, including issues arising from the 2018 examinations

11.30 – 11.45am
Discussion: coffee break

11.45 – 12.45pm
Component 2: Effective approaches for working with sources

  • Working with sources to help students analyse and evaluate to A Level standard
  • Developing A* behaviours – how do we move students to excellent understanding?
  • Evaluating sources effectively: balancing content and provenance
  • Integrating context with source evaluation
  • Feedback from 2018 on source questions – strengths and weaknesses

12.45 – 1.45pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.45 – 2.15pm
Component 3: Historical Investigation?

  • Successful approaches for carrying out the NEA
  • Appropriate research questions for a historical investigation
  • Establishing good independent research and independent learning habits

2.15 – 3.30pm
Essay Writing: Breadth and depth studies for AQA History

  • Helping students develop ideas with solid planning and organising of material
  • Making a judgement in an essay: strategies for improving students abilitys to select and apply valid criteria in order to improve their arguments
  • Breadth study: Covering a range of time and pitfalls to avoid
  • Depth study: Dealing with a narrow focus and balancing factors

Afternoon break will be taken during the afternoon

3.30 – 3.45pm
Plenary and Depart

Alana Britton

Alana is an experienced examiner and Head of History, with ten years experience as Head of Department and over twenty years teaching experience in range of educational contexts. She is a Senior Examiner with a leading examination board in addition to being a moderator and examiner for various boards. She has acted as a Subject Reviewer for the CCEA and Ofqual, and has presented at GCSE student conferences.

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AQA A-level History