This exciting, interactive and refreshed A level AQA PE programme will be delivered in a webinar format. The day will provide students with a motivational, informative and valuable revision day.  Specially designed by practicing senior examiners, the day will give your students expert advice, guidance and examples on how to improve their performance in their examinations.

The conference will help your students understand exactly what is expected of them in Paper 1 and Paper 2 exams and equip them with the subject key knowledge and understanding of key topics they will need to succeed.

They will also gain guidance on how they should answer exam questions to gain maximum marks, work through during the conference, interacting with the examiners, on good and less good responses, and ask questions to the experts.

By attending the conference, students will benefit from a valuable, memorable, interactive and enriching opportunity while at the same time taking away a wealth of real guidance, techniques, tips, and a revision set of notes written directly by the examiners. 


  • Opportunity to ask questions and gain first hand advice and guidance from Senior Examiners and subject experts
  • Enhanced understanding of key themes and topics, all linked directly to the AQA A-level PE specification and assessments
  • Highly relevant examiner workshops which will improve outcomes in the examination and enhance examination technique
  • Receive a comprehensive workbook to complete on the day and use afterwards as part of your revision
  • An emphasis on the 15 mark questions
 DATE AND LOCATION Manchester | Thursday 11 March 2021
London | Thursday 25 March 2021
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Conference



Introduction: Exam overview with reference to the 2019 paper

  • Our examiners explore the key issues which meant students did or did not succeed in the exam – and what students can learn from that information

10.30 –11.00

Paper 1: Applied Anatomy and Physiology

  • Transportation of oxygen. Haemoglobin. Myoglobin. Oxyhaemoglobin disassociation curve. Bohr shift.
  • Arterio-venous oxygen difference (A-VO2 diff). Variations in response to an exercise session.
  • Variations between trained and untrained individuals. Adaptations to body systems resulting in training effect.
  • Strategies for answering questions on Energy Transfer


Exam Workshop; Answering extended questions for Paper 1 and 2

  • Deciphering the 8 and 15 mark questions – adapting knowledge to the question – demonstration of extracts gone though in detail
  • Scaffolding and planning essays to access the highest marks –what really works
  • How to develop an eye for synoptic links
  • An introduction to methods of constructing a top answer with examples from across the specification.

11.40-12.00 noon
Break – Submit questions to the experts

12.00 – 12.30 pm
Paper 1 Skill Acquisition    

  • How to succeed in the exams and meet the assessment criteria with a look at the knowledge, application and evaluation of the concepts related to Response Time and Motivation. Theories and concepts will be examined using practical examples
  • Exam techniques and synoptic links
  • Interactive student session , including the building and understanding of IP models and answering exam questions

12.30-1.00 pm

Paper 1: Sport and Society

  • Investigating the Golden Triangle – the interrelationship between commercialisation (including sponsorship), media (radio, TV, satellite, internet and social media) and sports and Governing bodies
  • Answering questions by making sense of what the examiners want: how to ensure strong exam performance on Sport in Society


Ask the expert

The speakers answer questions submitted earlier

1.50 -2.20pm

  • Factors affecting horizontal displacement of projectiles
  • Factors affecting flight paths of different projectiles – Shot put, badminton shuttle
  • Vector components of parabolic flight
  • Maximising marks on exercise physiology and biomechanics

Sports Psychology

  • How the presence of others can affect performance and levels of confidence
  • Impressing the examiners with appropriate references to AO1, AO2 and AO3
  • What the examiners are looking for at Grades B, A and A*

2.50 – 3.10 pm Paper 2: Sport and society and technology in sport

  • Explaining positive and negative impacts of the role of technology in sport
  • What makes a successful performance at A level?
  • How to structure and develop extended questions.

Final revision ideas and plenary

Carl Atherton

Carl is a current A level examiner for a major awarding body and a former Head of PE.  He is the co-author of AQA A level PE Book 1 and AQA A level PE Book 2 (Hodder, 2016)  and author of AS/A level PE/Sports studies: Skills Acquisition (Phillip Allan, 2005) and amongst many other textbooks. He is currently an educational consultant on PE, delivering popular student courses at A level.

Ross Howitt

Ross is senior examiner, principal moderator and coursework advisor for A Level PE for a major awarding body.  He works as an educational consultant and lecture in Educational Leadership, Management and Change at Edge Hill University. As a PE specialist, he has managed one of the country’s largest and most successful A level PE departments. He is the author and co-author of numerous textbooks and articles, including AQA A level PE Book 1 and AQA A level PE Book 2 (Hodder, 2016). He has worked with Premiership football clubs and varying sports people as well as in the corporate world to facilitate effective leadership.

Students £25+VAT

One free teacher place for every 10 student places
Additional teachers £35+VAT
Individual teachers £80+VAT