This is a brand new course which has been designed to help maximise the performance of your students in Paper 2 in 2020. It will address the key challenge areas of the course, and will demonstrate teaching and learning ideas for both sections. The course will draw upon James Foster’s expertise as an examiner and teacher in order to give a clear understanding of how students performed in Paper 2, and focus on exactly what is required to excel in the Assessment Objectives. The overall thrust of the course is to ensure that teachers are best able to equip their students for examination of this course in June 2020, by bringing into their teaching detailed approaches and considered methods which make for a depth of learning and student understanding that allows students to apply themselves well in examinations.


  • 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 | Friday 26 November 2021

London | Friday 14 January 2022

  • Heads of Department (Geography)
  • Lead Geography Teachers
  • Teachers leading trips for the first time
  • NQT’s
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 – 10.45am
Paper 2: Enhancing Data Analysis Skills and Interpretations of Resources

  • Addressing the questions and question types: why do a so many students struggle with this and how they need to use them in the examination
  • Practical methods and teaching approaches to help students engage with the resources
  • Ways to familiarise students with the command language to ensure mark-worthy responses

10.45 – 11.05am: Discussion P.1

11.05 – 11.35am
Student Performance on Paper 2

  • How to support students to perform well on the 20 mark questions and the demands
  • Examples of the thorough and detailed knowledge and understanding required
  • Marking exercise on the 20 mark questions
  • Exam tips and timings to maximise all students’ opportunities for success

11.35 – 12.45pm
Teaching Paper 2 Question 1 – Global Systems and Global Government

  • Utilising the latest developments in Global Systems and Global Governance to boost student performance
  • Global systems and governance: how to engage students in the content of the course, and how to maximise focus on what brings the most reward in examinations
  • Responses to questions, deconstructing the questions

12.45 – 1.45pm: Lunch

1.45 – 3.00pm
Paper 2 in Changing Places and Urban Environments

  • Ways to help students perform well in this Section B, with a good sense of place
  • How to help students use a wide range of sources, and build their ability to apply these successfully to answer questions.
  • How to use feedback to improve your students’ essay writing skills

3.00 – 3.05pm: Discussion P.2

3.05 – 3.40pm
Boosting exam technique and achieving top grades in Paper 2

  • Improving exam technique through practical tips and examples and avoiding the common pitfalls
  • Varying your practice to stretch the most able
  • Tackling the extended writing 20 mark questions
  • Revision ideas to help students produce high grade essays
  • Applying mark schemes and sharing with students in a meaningful way
  • Ensuring students select appropriate level case studies in the exams

James Foster

James has been Head of Geography at Xaverian Sixth Form, Manchester College for over nine years. He has been a senior examiner since 2010 and worked on both the 2008 and the 2016 specifications, specifically the human and physical papers and AS Physical paper. He has been a Chartered Geographer since 2012 in recognition of his work and has written extensively for both Edexcel and GeoFactfsheet. Additionally, he is a reviewer on Routesjounal.org, an online journal which aims to showcase the best abilities of A-level and undergraduate students.