The course will help you prepare your students for the film and literature elements of the AQA A level specification. The course will focus on characterisation, themes, sub-texts and literary and cinematographic techniques as well as considering the language needed for students to produce coherent pieces of writing. These include what makes a good essay, how to plan effectively and how to make notes from a variety of sources.


  • Explore a range of strategies and approaches to study literature and a film
  • Reflect on the examination questions and learn how to improve student outcomes
  • Consider how mark schemes are applied and how to maximise student potential
  • Acquire effective techniques to encourage depth and analysis
  • Discuss approaches to develop oral and essay writing skills
  • A full range of ready-to-use resources and teaching ideas
COURSE DATE London | Tuesday 19 November 2019
London | Thursday 13 February 2020
  • A level language teachers
  • Heads of MFL
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
Introduction – the assessment context

  • The assessment contexts – detailed examination of indicative content and language mark schemes for AQA
  • Teaching considerations- how to approach the texts/films set by AQA
  • Effective approaches and strategies for teaching literature and films- how to find which style suits you and your students best
  • Key points from the 2019 exam reports to take into consideration for 2020

10.30 – 12.30pm
Characters, Themes, Styles and Techniques

  • Where the challenges are and how to teach for real success
  • Where students get it wrong in exams: from not enough detail, to inappropriately detailed answers
  • Engaging classroom activities- how to approach texts/films and how to progress
  • Analytical techniques- equipping students with the tools to get things right
  • Independent learning- research and group work: what to focus on and how to stretch the top end
  • Differentiated approaches- teaching mixed ability classes on texts and films
  • Teaching and learning the language of film and literature- where to look and how to find support

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch & informal discussion

1.30 – 2.45pm
Preparing for the examination: strategies and techniques to prepare students for the main exam questions

  • Develop and improve essay writing skills – a blend of content, range of language and accuracy to match the mark schemes
  • Using complex grammar in context – what fits best and what suits students
  • Improve student performance and grades – upgrading, peer marking, learning from others
  • The exam questions and how to approach them – looking at AOs

2.45 – 3.00pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.00 – 3.45pm
Planning consideration

  • Key considerations for planning- which texts/films and how to present them
  • Sources and how to exploit them
  • Individual needs- everyone has different issues

Final discussion, questions and tips

Stuart Glover

Stuart is a renowned expert in GCSE and A Level French. He has been chief examiner for igcse French for 5 years, Principal moderator for GCSE French at AQA for 12 years, reviser, presenter, principal examiner for GCSE writing and lead examiner for FCSE French. He has also examined at A Level for many years for the same awarding body. He has written The Pearson Revise books and practice papers for AQA and Edexcel GCSE (new and old spec) as well as the OUP French text book for the new GCSE for AQA and have written the assessment materials for Studio French GCSE for Edexcel and AQA editions of the textbook as well as materials for online testing. Stuart is currently teaching Years 12 and 13 part-time at an academy in Gloucester, after having been head of MFL in two secondary schools.

GCSE French