This full day course considers both content and assessment of Unit One, providing plenty of tips for teaching, motivating and stretching students. Some of the more challenging aspects of course content on physical geography will be covered, focusing on carbon and water cycles, hazards, and coastal and glacial systems and landscapes.

Emphasis will be placed on identifying and improving the skills needed for students to attain an A/A* in Unit One (Physical Geography).  AQA assessment requirements will be analysed, providing an overview of AOs, command words and levels marking. Different question types will be deconstructed and examples provided of the latest teaching ideas which allow students to approach Paper 1 with confidence.


  • Receive comprehensive feedback on the second series of assessments for the AQA A Level Geography specification
  • Receive classroom-ready techniques on ways to improve exam performance in physical geography
  • Hear guidance on how to build tasks into teaching that challenge top-achieving students
  • Find out how students should show off their skills and knowledge across the range of examination question types
  • Understand the demands of data response, data stimulus, 9-mark and 20-mark questions
  • Gain a better understanding of what an A/A* looks like, in terms of examination performance
  • Use the understanding gained to inform delivery of the course and improve student outcomes.
COURSE DATE London | Monday 1 July 2019

London | Friday 15 November

  • Heads of Geography
  • Teachers of A Level and AS Level Geography
  • Curriculum Leaders in Humanities
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


11.00 am
Feedback on Student Performance on Paper 1 in 2019

  • Strengths and weaknesses of student performance
  • Understanding the assessment objectives and how questions are structured.
  • Performance on different question types
  • What differentiated student performance at Grades C, A and A*

Break and informal discussion

Detailed Scrutiny of Paper 1 Question 1: Water and Carbon Cycles

  • Teaching the water and carbon cycles with the ‘end in mind’ – add in key challenge points and key learning areas
  • Ways to be successful in the 9 and 20 mark questions
  • Deconstructing the question types
  • Examples of D, C, B and A* responses

12.40 – 1.40pm

Detailed scrutiny of Paper 1 Questions 2 and 4: Hazards and Coastal Systems and Landscapes

  • Teaching hazards and coastal systems with the ‘end in mind’ – add in key challenge points and key learning areas
  • Tackling extended writing questions in Hazards and Coastal Systems and Landscapes
  • Analysing examples of student answers, with examples of responses at different levels
  • Effective approaches to enhance student learning


2.55 – 3.45pm
Boosting exam technique and achieving top grades in Paper 1

  • Guidance for improving grades for every question type
  • Tactics for Achieving the A*
  • Advanced exam technique: addressing the need for ‘students to think on their feet’ in the exam



Steve Durman

Steve is a Chief Examiner and Senior Moderator for a major awarding body and played a leading role in the GCSE and A-level reform process. He was Director of Geography in the first humanities college in Cornwall, and has over 35 years’ experience of geography teaching and leadership. He also works as a consultant, speaker, and trainer, and has written textbooks, revision booklets and examination aids for GCSE and A-level.