This course is designed for teachers of AQA A-level Law who are seeking to ensure that all their students achieve their potential in this paper. Looking at the specification in detail this course will undertake a detailed analysis of what is required to secure the C grade and plan the teaching of the course to ensure success. It will also consider 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 demands of the exam questions. Formative and summative assessment, when and how tracking and meaningful interventions should be utilised to ensure students stay on track will be considered. 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. There will be focus on effective revision strategies and exam techniques to ensure success in the final exam.


  • Plan for success in delivering the teaching of this paper
  • Find out the best strategies to adopt to embed learning with these middle ability students, as well as when and how to use intervention strategies
  • 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 | Friday 30 April 2021
  • Current A-level Law Teachers
  • Those wanting to refine their skills in securing of Grade C
  • 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
  • How to avoid common pitfalls.
  • 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 the specification including when, how and where these will be assessed.
  • 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 Law Topics

  • Bearing the main marks in the paper, this section will cover all elements of the course in Papers 1 2 and 3 and where links can be found.
  • Best strategies for teaching this to secure the middle marks will be covered.
  • Teaching this smartly, succinctly and clearly, whilst delivering the depth and range of content here can be a challenge, particularly on some of the trickier topics contained in Paper 3.
  • Strategies for this will be covered, as well as how to get students to deconstruct questions and plan and write answers to cover the range of assessment objectives.

12.45 – 1.45pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.45 – 2.30pm
Tricky questions for C Grade Students

  • This section of the course will look at common pitfalls in question papers, informed by Examiners Reports from previous series.
  • It will consider what students need to address in longer answer questions and how they can be advised to set about answering these.
  • It will also look at questions which draws on multiple skills, combining concepts of law and substantive law topics or English Legal Systems and substantive law for example.
  • There will be advice on some research-based teaching strategies to adopt to assist when addressing these difficult areas of the exam with students.
  • Strategies for the exam and moving these middle range students from covering the AO1 to the AO2 assessment criteria will be covered.

2.30– 3.25pm

  • Assessments (large/small/formal/informal) need to be informed and fit for purpose, they also need to be used wisely so that students receive meaningful feedback and can use these as a vehicle for self-reflection, growth and improvement.
  • How to mark smartly and provide wise feedback will be covered.
  • Consideration of grade tracking and when to use targeted interventions will be considered.

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.