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.

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.
  • 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