This course has been designed as an in-depth and finely tuned concentration on key areas of Paper 1 in  AQA A-level economic  It deals with areas of paper 1 that students must understand, but where current events or historic student difficulties present themselves as challenges to the higher grades. The course will explore examiner aims and objectives, and develop subject knowledge, present resources, and examine techniques, to meet them. The sessions are workshop style, with opportunities to ask questions, and to engage in discussion.


Attendees will:

  • Gain strategies, advice, and lesson ideas for how to deal with particular aspects of Paper 1 which have proven ‘tricky’ for students in the past
  • Differentiation – take away effective approaches for teaching students across the ability range
  • Explore Exam questions and types and techniques
  • Take away approaches to support students struggling on key areas
  • Find out more about how to support students to access A/A* grades
  • Take away resources, and strategies for collecting and using contemporary real-world data.
  • Heads of Department
  • Economics Teachers
  • LA and Academy Chain Advisers
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice, and guidance
  • Model answers and notes on key topics
  • Powerpoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

10:00am-10:45am: Vocabulary and Techniques; Market Failure

  • Basic vocabulary and techniques which examiner reports note that students sometimes lack or forget in market failure
  • Market Failure: Conveying the themes and getting students to understand the concepts and diagrams

10:45am-11:00am:  Informal discussion with coffee break

11:00am – 12:30pm: Focus on Known Areas Where Students Can Become Confused

  • Areas where students become confused: oligopsony/monopsony, price discrimination, the advantages of monopolies and oligopolies to consumers and AO4
  • Directing extracurricular reading and practice
  • Linking AO1 and AO3
  • Lifting students from AO3 to AO4 in market structure; common student difficulties

12:30pm-1:20pm: Lunch and informal discussion

1:20pm-2:45pm: Introducing and Teaching Behavioural Theory – with Examples

  • How to introduce and teach behavioural theory with examples and tips
  • Sharing best practice and examples of suggested answers
  • Teaching Poverty and separating out the synoptic lessons of the topic
  • Helping students to obtain AO3 and A04 points on Housing Questions

2:45pm-2:55pm: Short Break

2:55pm – 3:40pm: Final Session

  • Topical issues in public ownership; showing students how to gain higher grades with A02 knowledge and A04 evaluation
  • Focussing students on Government failure arguments
  • Linking to teacher and student-generated case studies
  • Making the most of AQA resources

3:40pm: Depart

Dr Martin Meenagh

Dr Martin Meenagh is a former independent school Principal, Head of Economics, and Director of Studies. He has been teaching economics for twenty-five years at a variety of institutions and privately, and has experience of AA, Pearson, OCR, CCEA, and IB examinations. He has also taught extensively on engaging and focussed alumni courses for US ivy league programmes in America and Britain, taught at the University of Oxford, and is a non-practising barrister. He now encourages students from a variety of schools to confidently develop their knowledge and skills via private online tuition.