Join renowned expert Keith as he explores the latest approaches for outstanding teaching of AQA A-Level History, including successful strategies for the integration of skills and techniques across the specification in preparation for the 2020 AQA examinations.

Teaching approaches that really embed historical knowledge and analytical skills will be explored.  Student exemplar material that demonstrates the difference between levels as seen in the 2019 exams will be analysed and the analysis of sources, interpretations and the production to A*level is demonstrated with examples of top quality student work.


  • Take away teaching approaches which lead to outstanding outcomes for A level students
  • Develop methods for outstanding teaching of historical debate and analysis
  • Gain innovative approaches to teaching and exam preparation for the 2020 exams
  • Explore strategies to increase students’ mastery of historical skills
  • Examine precise feedback from the 2019 exams and learn how to build upon previous success
COURSE DATES London | Monday 2nd December 2019
London | Tuesday 2 March 2020
  • Heads of Department
  • Teachers of AQA History
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


The lessons from the 2019 exams – feedback and improvement

  • Paper One. The interpretations. Features of the weakest and strongest answers
  • Paper Two. The sources. Features of the weakest and strongest answers
  • The Essays. Lessons from breadth and depth. Features of the highest quality responses
  • The NEA. The best examples of each AO in turn.

Tea break and informal discussion

Teaching the subject knowledge to the highest standards

  • Factual knowledge vs cognitive understanding – resolving the dilemma
  • Techniques to ensure that all students are able to utilise subject knowledge in an appropriately supportive manner
  • What this means for integrating Interpretations and source analysis teaching
  • Encouraging awareness of how to prove understanding
  • High level historical thinking through students’ use of technology

Lunch and informal discussion

Outstanding teaching of historical debate and analysis

  • Explore how skills of analysis and debate are assessed in both breadth and depth options – what are the key differences in teaching methodology?
  • Making substantiated judgements and exploring concepts, as relevant, of cause, consequence, change, continuity, similarity, difference and significance at A Level
  • Practical teaching techniques for a discursive classroom environment
  • Moving beyond the Level 3 extraction of argument to address all elements of AO2.
  • Teaching the essay skills as interpretation. A proven approach to hit Level 4 and beyond
  • Analysing student essays to explore the difference between A and A* quality work

Tea break and informal discussion

Teaching the analysis of historical sources and interpretations excellently

  • Encouraging independent research and learning: the very best practice in using websites and academic resources
  • Approaches to ensure students can evaluate academic interpretations to high levels
  • Divorcing description and precis of source material from evaluation and narrative
  • The best approach to teaching source appreciation as a skill
  • Outstanding practice for integrating source and interpretative material in a progressive skills‑based curriculum
  • Establishing way-points for assessment and determining intervention strategies on historical skills


Keith Milne

Keith has over 25 years teaching and examining experience. He is a Senior Moderator with a major exam board and has authored and advised on a series of popular books including those detailing how to succeed with the NEA. He leads a number of courses exploring the routes to success at A Level History.

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AQA A-level History