Students must learn to ‘think and write like a geographer’ to be successful in the reformed Geography GCSE. Led by a nationally renowned and vibrant speaker, expert and current senior examiner in GCSE Geography, Keith Bartlett, this new course addresses ways to improve student understanding and outcomes on all areas of the AQA specification, and will lead to more successful student performance in the examinations. Small changes in teaching strategies can result in students accumulating more marks and achieving higher grades.

The importance of the low tariff questions and skills questions will be examined along with new approaches for addressing the high tariff questions and Assessment Objective 3 (Application). Approaches to improving responses to Paper 3, the issue evaluation and the fieldwork tasks, will also be addressed.


  • Obtain new teaching approaches and examples which ensure students succeed in their AQA GCSE Geography exams
  • Take away strategies for developing students’ ability to think and write like a geographer, so that they gain higher marks
  • Analyse ways to ensure student success on high tariff questions on Papers 1 and 2
  • Gain approaches for improving student performance on the low tariff questions and skills tasks that often cost grades
  • Develop your teaching approaches for improving student performance on the issue evaluation and fieldwork questions
COURSE DATES London Wednesday 1 May 2019
London Tuesday 11 June 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
Feedback on the 2018 examinations

  • Feedback from 2018 – key messages for teachers about student outcomes on the low tariff questions and skills tasks
  • Issues identified in relation to the high tariff questions on Papers 1 and 2
  • Strengths and weaknesses of outcomes on Paper 3
  • What students need to do to reach Grades 7 – 9

10.30 – 11.30am
Improving student performance on low tariff questions, Papers 1 and 2

  • Develop your understanding of how resources and Figures can be used to accumulate low tariff marks on Papers 1 and 2
  • Linking resources and Figures to the assessment objectives
  • Taking basic responses to the next level
  • Obtain examples of student answers to see how they can miss out on marks needlessly

11.30 – 11.45am
Discussion: coffee break

11.45 – 12.45pm
Improving student performance on high tariff questions, Papers 1 and 2

  • The importance of ‘thinking and writing like a geographer’
  • Reviewing teaching strategies to identify opportunities for extended writing tasks within the course
  • Developing strategies to address the requirements of the high tariff questions
  • Analyse examples of student answers across the mark range

12.45 – 1.45pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.45 – 2.45pm
The importance of Skills AO4

  • Skills requirements: the need for a skills audit
  • Teaching and learning methods to ensure student success in relation to skills
  • Methods and delivery to get students to understand transferrable skills

2.45 – 3.00pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.00 – 3.45pm
Addressing the requirements of Paper 3

  • The pre-release resources. How to use them to revise course content and to prepare for the issue evaluation questions
  • Addressing the requirements of Assessment Object 3, Application, on the high tariff questions
  • Improving fieldwork outcomes. Making the fieldwork tasks clear, relevant and memorable so that students can recall key material under examination conditions.
  • The 9-mark questions and how to tackle them

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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