This course is designed for AQA A-level Law teachers who are seeking to enable their students to demonstrate their breadth of knowledge and understanding of legal issues. The course will examine how to deliver the Criminal Law component of the A-level Law course in an engaging way to students of all abilities to achieve high grades in future AQA Level Law examinations. It will focus on a detailed analysis of the content of the syllabus and what students are expected to demonstrate in examinations. The course will also provide guidance on effective revision and formative assessment strategies, examination techniques and marking guidance.

Led by experienced examiner and teacher, Abi Adeboyejo, the course is designed for new and current teachers of AQA A-level Law.


  • A comprehensive analysis of the topics in the Criminal law component of AQA A Level law, with suggested activities, tasks and links to materials for classroom use and for independent study.
  • A comprehensive assessment of the different demands and variety of questions with an insight into marking guidance.
  • Exemplar answers and examiner’s comments will be scrutinised.
  • Materials will be provided that will allow teachers to cover the course in innovative and student-friendly ways that will challenge students of all abilities.
DATES & LOCATION Online | Wednesday 09 June 2021
  • New/Current Teachers of A-level Law
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
Introduction to A-level Criminal Law

  • Starting the journey in September – How to introduce criminal law to all students
  • Planning your delivery and consideration of the implications of the linear 2-year course.
  • Auditing your own knowledge to identify your own gaps and how to address them, links to resources and support

10.45 – 11.00am
Discussion: coffee break

11.00 – 12.00pm
Review of the key components of Criminal Law

Suggested teaching, learning and assessment methods and references to E-learning to facilitate knowledge, understanding, analysis and evaluation for each of the key topics:

  • Rules of criminal law
  • Theory in criminal law
  • General elements of liability
  • Fatal offences against the person
  • Non-Fatal offences against the person
  • Property offences
  • Preliminary offence – Attempts
  • Defenses – capacity and necessity offences

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.45pm
Understanding the marking

  • Understanding the agreed marking approaches and strategies for criminal law
  • Developing the relevant skills needed to use statutory and case authority effectively in answers
  • Approach to assessment- holistic marking (scenario-based questions)
  • Distribution of effort in answers
  • How to tackle closed and open-ended substantive law questions
  • Addressing the full range of issues in questions 10 and 11

2.45 – 3.00pm: Discussion: afternoon tea

3.00– 3.45pm
Exam Technique & Tactics

  • Practical strategies to help students go beyond explanation of the law
  • Methods to ensure students always answer the specific question set
  • Essay techniques to improve the performance of struggling students on Paper 1
  • Examining essays at C, A and A*: the key differences and using these with your students
  • Approaches to the entire paper – covering the content and the techniques

3.30 – 3.45pm

  • Q&A and follow up to any raised questions

Abi Adeboyejo

As an examiner and teacher Abi has extensive experience in the current and previous iterations of the AQA specifications for A-level Law. She has also been involved in writing online courses for Cambridge International A-level Law. She is a content writer for the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX) and writes examination questions for level 3 and level 4 Criminal law and Tort Law units. She is currently a law teacher and course leader at a large college in Birmingham.