This NEW course will demonstrate, for teachers of Religious Studies Philosophy and Ethics, how to prepare to guide your students for any of the English and Welsh Religious Studies A level specifications and achieve A and A* grades. Led by Jon Mayled, the course will demonstrate teaching and learning ideas for all popular options to enable students to develop their skills and reach the highest grades. 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
  • Looking at the topics which pose the most challenges to students
  • 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
  • Feedback and grading analysis from the 2019 papers and what this says about the standards which top students are expected to meet
  • Analysis of mark schemes – what are the examiners looking for?
  • Grades A & A*: what are the differences between these?
  • Key attributes of Grade A & A* students in the classroom
  • Avoiding potential hazards: what can cost a top student their A grade?
  • All 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
The demands of AS/A level Religious Studies for A and A* students

  • The demands of AS/A level RS and identifying the most able
  • How to bridge the gap after GCSE with top level students
  • Feedback and grading analysis from the 2018 & 2019 papers – what is required for A/A*?
  • Analysis of mark schemes – which sections/questions differentiated candidates?
  • Grades A & A*: what are the differences between these?
  • Key attributes of Grade A/A* students in the classroom
  • What do AS/A level involve for the best students

11.00 – 11.15am
Discussion: coffee break

11.15 – 12.30pm
Philosophy – Dealing with challenging topics which can lose top grades

  • Theodicies including Process Theodicy
  • Religious Language
  • Religious Experience
  • Links to other units in the specification – ensuring high level Philosophical thinking throughout the course and beyond the classroom

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.15pm
Ethics – Challenging topics which can lose top grades

  • Using wider reading to prepare
  • Meta-ethics
  • Application of Ethical Theories
  • Links to other units in the specification
  • What the best students do to stand out

2.15 – 2.45pm
The other parts of the specifications and the A* student

  • The demands of the other parts of the specifications
  • Areas which can cause difficulties and how to avoid them
  • Stopping your best students from slipping
  • Avoiding GCSE level responses with able students

2.45 – 3.45pm
Example answer analysis

  • AO1 and AO2 – separate and merged
  • Format of question papers and getting the best out of this
  • Levels of response: getting students in the top bands without teaching to the test
  • Examiners’ reports – what the A and A* students can learn from these
  • Practical exercise in marking scripts individually and collectively
  • Distinguishing between grades and using this with the best
  • Revision ideas to help students produce high grade essays
  • Plenary