This course, led by a Senior Examiner and author, will look in detail at feedback from the first AS examination in this subject and use that information to guide delegates in how to prepare their students for this year’s first A Level examination.


  • Develop greater understanding of what examiners are looking for and crediting in students’ answers
  • Take away strategies to embed the knowledge required by your students to access the high marks
  • Take a closer look at the Assessment Objectives and mark schemes for paper 1 and 2 and how they have changed
  • Understand the importance of the command words and the phrasing of the questions
  • Improve your understanding of the structure and dynamics of Papers 1 and 2
  • Getting to grips with coursework


COURSE DATE London Wednesday 17 October 2018
  • This course is designed for all teachers of AQA AS/A PE who are currently teaching, or preparing to teach the A-level course. This includes Heads of Departments, experienced teachers and NQTs.
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 - 11.00am: The 2018 AS exam - feedback

  • Getting to grips with the assessment objectives
  • Command words and their meaning
  • Common student mistakes
  • What we can learn from the paper

11.00 - 11.15am: Discussion: coffee break


11.15 - 12.15pm: The extended questions

  • Lessons from the specimen papers
  • Analyse and evaluate or discuss, compare…etc
  • The new command – ‘explain the impact’!
  • Preparing students to analyse
  • Answering extended questions

12.15 - 1.00pm: Marking extended questions

  • Read, but don’t initially mark (the marking method)
  • How much of the indicative content is needed?
  • Being subjective about the subject
  • Finding the right level

1.00 - 2.00pm: Lunch and informal discussion


2.00 - 3.00pm: Coursework

  • Detailed requirements of the written coursework
  • What works best
  • Producing suitable practical evidence
  • Moderation of A Level (being prepared)

3.00 - 3.15pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


3.15 - 3.45pm: Plenary

  • Any questions?
  • What other help do you need?

Mike Murray

Mike was Head of Department for many years at a large Beacon Sixth Form College before becoming a full time Education Consultant. He is an experienced A Level teacher with an extensive background in GCSE and A Level PE examining. He has been a Principal and Chief Examiner for over 20 years, writing examination papers for several examination boards. He is also the author of a number of A Level textbooks and other resources.

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