This course is designed for teachers of AQA A-level Law Paper 3 (Contract) who are seeking to ensure that all their students achieve their potential in this paper, which can often be the lowest graded paper for students across all disciplines in Law. Looking at the paper in detail this course will cover when, how and where questions can be asked, looking at the techniques students should adopt to ensure that they are answering to their fullest and covering the breadth required by the specification to hit all the assessment objectives. Common pitfalls will be addressed and there will be an emphasis on practical advice which can be taken away and embedded into practical teaching straight away.


  • Plan for success in delivering the teaching of this paper
  • Find out about new developments in the law in this area
  • Explore how students should be instructed to craft answers to maximise the marks they can be awarded in the exam
  • Develop strategies to deal with common problem areas and pitfalls in the paper
  • Take-away teaching methods which can be immediately be used in the classroom
DATE & LOCATION Online | Wednesday 23 June 2021
  • Current Teachers of A-level Law
  • Those wanting to refine their skills in the teaching of this particular paper
  • Non-specialists
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 – 10.15am

  • This introductory session will take an overview of the paper and the outcomes of the session today.
  • It will look at some of the key challenges of the course, and how to avoid common pitfalls.
  • This contract paper is often regarded as the most difficult part of the course and we will start to address this here.
  • Planning for success will be a major theme of the day, which will be established by drawing on analysis of previous papers and Examiners Reports from prior exam series.
  • Structuring teaching and learning of this element of the course will also be addressed.

10.15 – 11.00am
English Legal Systems

  • Here we shall consider the elements of the English Legal System which can appear on this paper including when, how and where.
  • Fundamentally one has to plan to teach this section of the specification in relation to the amount of marks which this covers on the paper.
  • Therefore strategies for teaching and assessment, including some practical hints and tips on teaching and learning techniques will be discussed.
  • Embedding knowledge of this area of the specification as well as making links with other elements of the course will be discussed.

11.00 – 11.15am: Discussion: coffee break

11.15 – 12.45pm
Substantive Contract Law

  • Bearing the main marks in the paper, this section will cover all elements of the course and where links can be found.
  • Best strategies for teaching this for all ability levels will be covered, from the weaker candidates to those who need to be stretched and challenged to achieve the highest grades.
  • Teaching this smartly, succinctly and clearly, whilst delivering the depth and range of content here can be a challenge, particularly on this area of the law, which can appear quite inaccessible to students.
  • Strategies for this will be covered, as well as how to get students to access all elements of the range of questions on these topics.
  • Unpicking questions, structuring answers and answering them to show appreciation of the true range of assessment objectives is key.
  • The art of answering the question will be analysed so that these often daunting questions can be unlocked for students.
  • This section of the course will try to redress the balance which is often seen in relation to this paper, where this can often be the part of the course where the student receives the lowest marks and try to tip this back into their favour.

12.45 – 1.45pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.45 – 2.30pm
How to tackle Question 9

  • This question draws on multiple skills and can often be the downfall of even the best candidate!
  • We will look at what this question may cover and how to link these concepts of law to the substantive elements of the course, as well as practical tips on how to teach this.
  • The range of this question will be analysed and how to address this with students when teaching.
  • There will be analysis of where marks are allocated and how to make this question accessible to students of all abilities.

2.30 – 2.40pm: Discussion: afternoon tea

2.40– 3.25pm
Securing those grades

  • Drawing together many themes for the day this closing session will look at how students maximise their potential and achieve their best possible grades.
  • Here we will cover research-based informed strategies for teaching which are easy to implement and show demonstrable results.
  • Key aspects of formative and summative assessment will be addressed, alongside effective marking and student feedback, so that this is reflective and improvement over time is shown.
  • This essential session will provide teachers with techniques and tools to take away and implement in the classroom immediately.

3.25 – 3.45pm

  • This is an opportunity for open Q&A

Gemma Shepherd-Etchells

A non-practising solicitor, Gemma has been teaching to legal professionals, undergraduates and A-level Law students for 12 years. She also examines and works developing professional legal qualifications and course materials for law graduates.