This course has been revised further to the 2018 results and is designed for all teachers of Edexcel A Level History who wish to ensure the highest achievements for their students in this subject. By providing a combination of innovative yet proven teaching approaches and techniques, the course will help teachers raise attainment in students of all abilities by improving confidence, knowledge and through gaining a stronger understanding of what examiners are looking for.


  • Improve your understanding of the nature of and demands of Edexcel History A Level
  • Deepen your understanding of assessment objectives and mark schemes and the Edexcel standard
  • Take away strategies for teaching source analysis, extract analysis, and essay writing
  • Learn how to help students to achieve their potential at A Level History with Edexcel
COURSE DATES London Monday 8 July 2019
London Friday 22 November 2019
  • Heads of History Departments
  • Teachers of Edexcel 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
Bridging the Gap from GCSE to Edexcel A Level

  • What are the qualities we look for in an outstanding A level student?
  • Confirmation of the Edexcel standards that students should work to, including a review of key points from the 2018 assessments

10.30 – 11.30am
Paper 1: Historical Interpretations: developing student skills

  • Determining the skills required to analyse historical interpretations well
  • Reading an extract holistically
  • Exploring validity of historical arguments
  • What are examiners looking for in Paper 1 responses?

11.30 – 11.45am
Discussion: coffee break

11.45 – 12.45pm
Effective approaches to Develop Source Analysis and Evaluation Skills

  • Strategies for developing student confidence in working with source material
  • Evaluating sources effectively: balancing content and provenance
  • Intergrating context with source evaluation
  • Source analysis and evaluation on Paper 2 and Paper 3

12.45 – 1.45pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.45 – 3.30pm
Essay writing: Supporting students to achieve success in breadth and depth studies

  • Essay writing: Supporting students to achieve success in breadth and depth studies
  • Helping students develop ideas with solid planning and organising of material
  • Making a judgement in an essay: strategies for improving students ability to select and apply valid criteria in order to improve their arguments
  • Identifying the second order concept and how to approach it
  • Dealing with a narrow focus and balancing factors
  • Paper 3 breadth: Considering change over time

Afternoon break will be taken during the afternoon

3.30 – 3.45pm
Plenary, 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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