This new course looks at strategies specifically aimed at improving Grade 4 – 5 student learning, exam performance and overall achievement levels in AQA GCSE Geography.

In all GCSE Geography groups there will be widespread differentiation. This course will demonstrate a range of approaches, methods and techniques specifically designed to enhance Grade 4 – 5 student learning and application whilst at the same time make these fitting to work in a wide-ranging GCSE group.

Led by the Geography  GCSE expert Dr Keith Bartlett, teachers will receive the highest level of practical advice and guidance.  All three examination papers and the fieldwork and skills requirements will be addressed.


  • Find out more about strengths and weaknesses of Grade 4-5 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 DATE London | Wednesday 3 July 2019
London | Monday 9 December 2019
  • 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
Evidence of the key challenges from the 2018 examinations

  • Feedback on the 2018 examinations and what this tells us about student performance
  • Papers 1, 2 and 3 – candidates’ strengths and weaknesses
  • Assessment Objectives and candidate outcomes: how to incorporate these into your teaching effectively

10.30 – 11.30am
Dealing with content

A close examination of the specification and assessment requirements for Papers 1 and 2 to identify how to address weaknesses and ensure student progress

  • Choosing and teaching the case studies for Living World, Urban Issues and Challenges, Changing Economic World. Depth of content required.
  • Examples and named examples: differences between them and depth of teaching required.
  • Teaching physical landscapes, importance of processes and sequence.
  • The optional units in Paper 2, teaching Food, Water or Energy

11.30 – 11.45am
Discussion: coffee break

11.45 – 12.45pm
The importance of planning for marginal gains for Grade 4 to 5

  • Using resources effectively for teaching and learning
  • The importance of Skills
  • Making judgements about geographical issues
  • Developing responses to questions, thereby moving candidates towards high level responses on the 6 and 9 mark questions

12.45 – 1.45pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.45 – 2.45pm
Paper 3 – Improving outcomes with the pre-release resources

  • Techniques for teaching the Issue Evaluation, including practise activities
  • Dealing with the pre-release requirements in the classroom
  • Issue Evaluation strand – linking the resource to the specification for good marks
  • 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 fieldword

  • Developing strategies to deliver appropriate fieldwork enquiries with Grade 4-5 students
  • Fieldwork – helping students understand and respond successfully to fieldwork set in unfamiliar contexts
  • Fieldwork – teaching and learning strategies for candidates’ physical and human geography enquiries

Plenary and Depart

Dr Keith Bartlett

Keith is a highly experienced and nationally renowned trainer, former Senior Teacher and Head of Department for Geography.  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. He is also an author of numerous Geography textbooks.

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AQA GCSE Geography