The aim of this student conference is to provide students with practical, engaging and motivating revision for this important unit in GCSE History courses. As the title shows, it will deal with the Thematic Studies of Medicine and Health in Britain. Throughout the day, students will work with examiners and practitioners with a focus on building up and re-enforcing their knowledge as well as developing their ability to write high-scoring answers to a range of question styles/


  • Strengthen your students’ knowledge of popular topics in all Specifications for examination in 2020 and beyond
  • 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
 DATE AND LOCATION Manchester | Friday 6 March 2020
London | Tuesday 31 March 2020
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Conference


On arrival: the starter quiz
Can you identify the twenty famous faces of medicine?

10.30 – 10.45am
1000 Years of Fighting Disease and Death

  • The big overview
  • Was change always progress?  When did some things NOT change?
  • Workbook Activity

10.45 – 11.10am
Was medieval medicine really that bad?

  • Medieval Hospitals and the role of the church
  • Islamic medicine and medical knowledge
  • Medieval medicine in practice: Doctors, Apothecaries and Barber-surgeons
  • SCRATCH: What went well, what went not so well – and why

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

  • Subject knowledge: the Black Death
  • What is the Chief Examiner looking for?
  • Focusing on the question rather than on the topic
  • Outlining a response:  Logical structure, taking a range of different aspects and building up to complete coverage
  • Prioritising factors in an explanation

11.30– 11.55am
Key issues in 20th Century Medicine

  • Overview: The 20th century Health revolution
  • The Penicillin miracle
  • SCRATCH:  Who deserved the Nobel prize – Fleming or Florey?
  • The growth of the National Health Service

11.55 – 12.10pm

  • Submit your questions to win a prize

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

  • Subject knowledge: Harvey, Vesalius and early modern medicine
  • How to develop a sense of period
  • Workbook activity: Understanding changes and continuities in the themes
  • What Examiners are looking for in questions comparing developments across time
  • Good strategies for revising the chronology

1.15 – 1.50pm
Surgery: Why did the death rate rise after the introduction of anaesthetics?

  • Conquering the big three problems: blood loss, pain and infection
  • Making breakthroughs: the role of the individual – Harvey, Simpson, Lister,
  • Anaesthetics and antiseptics: could we have one without the other?
  • Twentieth century surgery: bringing the story up to date

1.50 – 2.10pm
Examiner Workshop 3: How to plan a longer answer on 19th century Public Health

  • SCRATCH: Public Health problems in 19th century cities
  • Cholera and the work of Snow

Dr Paul Johnson

Paul is a highly experienced trainer and former Deputy Head and Head of Department. He was the AQA GCSE History Principal Moderator and is a senior examiner.

Student £25+VAT

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

GCSE History Edexcel