This exciting newly updated conference will provide students with a motivational revision day on two of the most popular AQA GCSE History Paper 1 combinations. Specially designed by practicing history teachers and examiners, you will hear presentations from leading historians and be given high quality advice, guidance and examples which will assist you to produce examination answers of the highest levels.



  • An AQA History conference for 2022 focusing specifically on Germany 1890-1945 and Conflict and Tension 1918-1939
  • Expert guidance from practicing history teachers and expert examiners on the skills required to succeed on every question type
  • Activities throughout on key themes and topics, all linked directly to the exam papers
  • Obtain the latest ideas about the period, helping students to stand out in exams
  • Get a full set of conference notes, with examination tips and example answers.

10.15 – 10:25am: Welcome and introductions: Key challenges of the course

  • What are the key challenges of the course?
  • Responding to sources objectively

10.25 – 11.00am: Germany and the growth of democracy: What chance in the 1920s did the Weimar Republic have of success?

  • The problems faced by the Weimar Republic (e.g. Democracy new; Treaty of Versailles not ideal; Weimar constitution; revolts; hyperinflation)
  • Its successes in the 1920s. e.g. alliances; economic recovery; culture
  • Summary of Historiography – what key historians say:
  • Exam technique: Advice and examples on Questions 4 and 5. (“Describe two ways….” And “In what ways….”)
  • Examples of questions and outline of examiner Mark Schemes – with sample answers of differing levels e.g. Q4 – Describe two ways in which the Weimar Republic faced political unrest in the early 1920s? / Q5 – In what ways did hyperinflation affect the German people?

11.00 – 11.40am: Why was Hitler able to become Chancellor of Germany in January 1933?

  • The failures of the Weimar Republic
  • The Wall Street Crash and the Depression
  • Nazi policies
  • German politics 1932-33 (Role of Hindenburg, Bruning, etc)
  • Exam technique – Advice and examples for Qu 6 – The Essay. (Which of two was more important?)
  • Example of essay title and Mark Schemes and example answers of differing levels with examiner feedback.


11.40 – 11.55am: Break – Quiz Box submit your questions to our panel of experts for a prize


11.55 – 12:35pm: The experience of Germans under the Nazis – Why was Hitler able to establish a dictatorship so quickly?

  • Reichstag Fire and Enabling Act
  • Legal changes 1933, Propaganda and censorship, Repression
  • Exam technique: Advice and examples for Questions 1, 2 and 3 – Interpretations.
  • The exact requirements for each question will be emphasised to assist students with exam technique using Mark Schemes and sample answers of differing levels.


12.35 – 13.05pm: Lunch


13.05– 13.15pm: Quiz Box with the panel 


13:15-13.55pm: Conflict and tension: the inter-war years, 1918–1939



  • Making peace in 1919: Why was it difficult to succeed?
  • Aims of the Peacemakers: extent to which they achieved their aims
  • The Versailles Settlement: Impact on defeated and victorious countries.
  • Exam technique: Question 1 “How do you know….?” – What is required?
  • Example of visual source, mark scheme and sample answers.


13.55 – 14.30pm: Why did the League of Nations fail?

  • Its structure and membership
  • Manchuria and Abyssinia
  • Rise of dictatorships
  • Exam technique: Question 2 – Example of Utility question, with two sources, one visual and one written.
  • Examples of sources, mark scheme, sample answers at differing levels.
  • Exam technique; Question 3 – Example of “Write an account….” question.

14.30 – 14.40pm: Break

14.40 – 15.15pm: Why were world powers unable to prevent the outbreak of war in 1939?

  • A brief summary of the sequence of events to help with chronology
  • This is a common failing in answers to the essay question
  • The development of tension: Hitler’s aims and Allied reactions, Escalation of tension: the Rhineland, Mussolini, Anschluss, appeasement, The outbreak of war – the occupation of Czechoslovakia; the role of the USSR and the Nazi-Soviet Pact; the invasion of Poland and outbreak of war


Exam technique: Question 4: Essay question. (“The main reason why….)

  • Using sample question, mark scheme, answers of differing levels, e.g. ‘The signing of the Nazi-Soviet Pact was the main reason for the outbreak of the Second World War’, How far do you agree with this statement? Explain your answer.


15.15 – 15.25pm: Final top tips and reminders


  • Remembering facts and using them brilliantly
  • The key skills required to achieve Grades 7 to 9
  • Action Plan – what students should do after today

Student £25+VAT

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