This exciting, interactive and refreshed AQA GCSE History programme 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 specifically focuses on the topic Medicine and Health in Britain and is designed for students of all major examination boards



  • The conference combines leading expert historians and examiners.
  • This is an interactive event, which will:
  • Re-inforce and add to your students’ essential knowledge,
  • Provide clear and well-informed advice and guidance for students on what they need to do to access the high grades, using worked examples to demonstrate what the examiners will be looking to see in high level responses.
  • Reinforce and enhance your students’ knowledge of this popular topic
  • Develop confidence in handling subject content in order to respond to questions requiring comparisons across the themes and across the periods.
  • Gain first-hand experience from experienced examiners and subject experts, addressing common and problematic question styles.
  • Benefit from the opportunity to ask the Subject Experts direct questions in Question Box

10.25 – 10.30: Welcome and Introduction

  • The starter quiz: Can you identify the twenty famous faces of medicine?

10.30 – 10.45am: 1000 Years of Fighting Disease and Death

  • Making links: Timeline: making sense of the period as a whole – how the different aspects of medicine and health fit together
  • Was change always progress?  Why did some things NOT change?

10.45 – 11.10am: Was medieval medicine really that bad?

  • Analysing the factors that prohibited change
  • Successfully comparing and contrasting the different roles and impact of the Church – hospitals, universities and beliefs
  • Understanding how to use prior knowledge to stretch your answers on Islamic Medicine and Medieval medicine in practice – Doctors, Apothecaries and Barber-surgeons

11.10 – 11.30am: Examiner Workshop 1 – How to write great answers to explanation questions

  • Accessing the top marks: balancing points, making judgements objectively
  • Methods to develop ways to prioritise factors in an explanation
  • Focusing on the question rather than on the topic
  • Outlining and planning a response:  Logical structure, taking a range of different aspects and building up to complete coverage.

11.30– 11.55am: Key issues in 20th Century Medicine

  • Overview: The 20th century Health revolution- what is the key information required for the exam?
  • Tackling the advances in technology and medicine
  • Modern threats to health – using examples of the positive and negative aspects of modern medicine to add depth to your answers
  • Using the example of the Penicillin story to exemplify factors in action.
  • Mass Medicine: the growth of the National Health Service – comparing Public Health over time successfully

11.55 – 12.10pm: Break

  • Submit your questions to win a prize

12.10 – 12.30pm: Examiner Workshop 2 – How to master the themes and the periods

  • Harvey, Vesalius and early modern medicine: analysing why changes in knowledge did not bring changes in health
  • Student activity: Understanding changes and continuities in the themes
  • What Examiners are looking for in questions comparing developments across time
  • Student activity: effective strategies for revising the chronology

12.30 – 13.05pm: Lunch

13.05 – 13.15pm: Quiz box

The speakers answer your questions

13.15 – 13.50pm: Surgery – Why did the death rate rise after the introduction of anaesthetics?

  • Making breakthroughs: analysing the role of the individual – Harvey, Simpson, Lister
  • Tackling questions on surgery, using ‘Explain why improvements in anaesthetics did not bring improvements in surgical survival rates as an example
  • What key developments took place to bring about the success of modern surgery?

13.50 – 14.25pm: Examiner Workshop 3 – How to plan an extended answer on 19th century Public Health

  • Cholera and the work of Snow – analysing the vital development
  • Combining factors for a strong response
  • Using your knowledge to answer different questions and questions types on 19th c Public Health
  • Where top students miss full marks: avoiding disconnected answers
  • Student activity: dissecting a model answer – what gets grades 8 and 9

14.25 – 14.55pm: DEBATE – Jenner or Pasteur (who saved more lives?)

  • Was Edward Jenner just a country doctor?
  • What problems were there with his discovery?
  • How did Louis Pasteur solve them?
  • Debate: Jenner or Pasteur: listen to the arguments made by the speakers and decide who was the more important
  • Weighing up the evidence in your answers – balance, judgement, impact, objectivity

14.55 – 15.20pm: Examiner Workshop 4 – How to write great answers to sources questions

  • What is the Chief Examiner looking for?
  • Raising your game: getting beyond the easy low level response
  • Student activity: Think enquiry: what is the question the historian trying to answer?
  • Treating sources as evidence
  • Usefulness and reliability: what’s the difference?

3.20 pm: Final top tips and question box


Student £25+VAT

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