This new course looks at strategies specifically aimed at improving student performance and final outcomes at the key GCSE Grades 4 and 5, for AQA GCSE Geography. It will utilise feedback from the 2018 examination series and successful teaching and learning strategies that ensure student engagement, motivation and ultimate success in the examinations. Presented by GCSE expert Dr Keith Bartlett, teachers will receive the highest level of advice and guidance for AQA Geography. All three examination papers and the fieldwork and skills requirements will be addressed.


  • Find out more about strengths and weaknesses of mid-range candidates’ performances on all three papers
  • Increase understanding of how to incorporate skills and how they are assessed in the classroom
  • Take away strategies for developing candidates’ understanding of and ability to successfully approach examination questions
  • Gain an increased understanding of fieldwork requirements and approaches that enable students at Grades 4 and 5 to succeed in the examinations
  • Develop a greater understanding of how to incorporate these key skills in your teaching of the entire course
COURSE DATES Manchester Tuesday 13 November 2018
London Friday 08 February 2019
  • All teachers of AQA GCSE Geography aiming to raise student improvement at Grades 4 and 5
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 – 10.30am: Overview of the 2018 examinations

  • Feedback on the 2018 examinations and what this tells us about mid-range student performance
  • Papers 1, 2 and 3 – candidates’ strengths and weaknesses
  • Coping with non-tiered papers – teaching and formative assessment ideas
  • Assessment Objectives and candidate outcomes: how to incorporate these into your teaching effectively
  • Moving candidates from Level 1 to Level 2 responses

10.30 – 11.30am: Paper 1 – Improving Outcomes of students at Grades 4 and 5

  • Incorporating skills and knowledge requirements at Levels 1 and 2 to ensure success in these examinations
  • A close examination of the specification and assessment requirements for Paper 1, to identify how to address weaknesses and ensure student progress
  • Strategies for students to improve understanding of examination questions and how to use the knowledge that they have gained during the GCSE – utilising formative assessment techniques that work with the AQA content

11.30 – 11.45am: Discussion: coffee break


11.45 – 12.45pm: Paper 2 – Key issues and challenges for Grades 4 and 5 students

Expert advice and guidance on how to make sure students succeed on the challenging areas of the following topics:

  • Urban issues and challenges – how to ensure Grade 4 / 5 students understand the key ideas
  • The changing economic world – an examination of where mid-range students struggle on this topic
  • Teaching the challenge of resource management to ensure student progress
  • Strategies for candidates to improve their Paper 2 examination technique, based on lessons from the 2018 exams

12.45 – 1.45pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.45 – 2.45pm: Paper 3 – Improving Outcomes

  • Issue Evaluation strand – how to make sure that Grade 4 and 5 students retain understanding of the concepts
  • Skills requirements: teaching ideas and methods that allow mid-range students to achieve their potential
  • Ongoing assessment and teaching methods to maintain student progress at Grades 4 and 5
  • Developing student understanding of mark scheme requirements in relation to addressing AO3: Application

2.45 – 3.00pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


3.00 – 3.45pm: Paper 3 – Improving Outcomes on fieldwork

  • Developing strategies to ensure Grade 4 and 5 candidates can answer ‘synoptic’ questions well
  • Fieldwork – helping mid-range students understand and respond successfully to fieldwork set in unfamiliar contexts
  • Fieldwork – teaching and learning strategies for candidates’ physical and human geography enquiries

3.45pm: Plenary and Depart

Dr Keith Bartlett

Keith is an experienced trainer and former Senior Teacher and Head of Department.  He is a specification writer and fieldwork specialist. Keith was Principal Moderator for legacy GCSE Geography and is a senior examiner for the current GCSE course.

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