This new course looks at strategies specifically aimed at improving candidate outcomes at Grades 7 to 9, to ensure students achieve excellent final grades. All three examination papers and the fieldwork and skills requirements will be addressed, through the focus of teaching top level students to produce outstanding work in both classroom teaching and learning and in the final examinations. Our expert presenter will provide you with superb teaching ideas and vital examination advice to ensure that your students are as well prepared as possible for the 2019 examinations.


  • Develop your understanding of strengths and areas for improvement in high level candidates’ performances in AQA GCSE Geography through feedback on 2018 exams
  • Increase understanding of how to incorporate high level skills teaching into the classroom
  • Take away strategies for developing candidates’ understanding of examination questions and subject content for the highest grades
  • Increase understanding of what is required of fieldwork to enable top level students to achieve their potential
  • Develop a greater understanding of the mark schemes and how to use them in your teaching to motivate and push higher ability students
COURSE DATES Manchester Wednesday 07 November 2018
London Friday 07 December 2018
  • All teachers of AQA GCSE Geography
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: Feedback on 2018 AQA Geography exams

  • Overall results: a deep review of 2018 exams and examiner feedback to highlight key areas of strength and weakness for high achieving students
  • Consideration of what high performing students did well in the three specific exam papers and how to ensure that your students do the same in 2019
  • Ensuring high level students meet the Assessment Objective requirements: why these are crucial and how they affect your teaching

10.30 – 11.30am: Paper 1 – ensuring high quality answers from your students

  • A look at the key areas of this paper that caused challenge to high end students and how that can be resolved in classroom teaching and learning: The challenge of natural hazards The living world Physical landscapes in the UK
  • Encouraging independent learning on these key topics, to develop student understanding of the requirements for high level Geography results
  • Developing teaching and learning strategies for students that improve understanding of examination questions and ensure thinking at the highest level throughout the entire GCSE Geography course

11.30 – 11.45am: Discussion: coffee break


11.45 – 12.45pm: Paper 2 – excellent answers and how to encourage student confidence

  • Strategies for candidates to improve understanding of the examination topics – how to incorporate high level thinking throughout the course
  • How to ensure that students at Grades 7 to 9 work to the highest standards and continue to make progress on Paper 2 topics
  • Teaching the specific requirements of Urban issues and Challenges to produce outstanding human geographers
  • The changing economic world – ensuring full understanding and producing excellent final answers
  • The challenge of resource management and getting students to answer at Grades 7 to 9 levels in the exams

12.45 – 1.45pm: Lunch and informal discussion


1.45 – 2.45pm: Paper 3: what do AQA expect from high ability students?

  • Issue Evaluation strand – what does the exam require for students to score high marks?
  • Skills requirements: how to demonstrate high level skills
  • Developing understanding of mark schemes in relation to addressing AO3: Application, so students can achieve top grades
  • Using resources effectively to encourage independent learning and high level student progress
  • Tackling the 9 mark answer – example answers to demonstrate how students can achieve full marks

2.45 – 3.00pm: Discussion: afternoon tea


3.00 – 3.45pm: Paper 3 – ensuring high level students achieve their potential

  • Fieldwork – addressed in unfamiliar context. How students can practise improving their skills before the exam and attain the highest mark bands
  • Fieldwork – candidates’ physical and human geography enquiries and how to bring out the highest skills requirements
  • Increasing student understanding of overall requirements of the specification and exams, to develop effective strategies for improving high level candidate performance

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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