This course is designed for all teachers of A Level History involved in the delivery of the AQA Non-Examined Assessment. Using the most up to date feedback, the course will outline what is required of the NEA and explore ways to build your teaching practice around this. We will focus on the essential importance of forming strong questions which will facilitate the best historical investigations. Furthermore, we will investigate where to find, and how to effectively utilise, appropriate sources and interpretations. This course will also consider a range of practical strategies and methods to employ in the delivery of the NEA.


  • The Principal Moderators report will be analysed to identify what marks out the top candidates
  • Find out where to locate the most useful sources and interpretations
  • Develop skills in forming meaningful questions which will elicit the strongest responses
  • Take away practical ideas on how to effectively manage the delivery of the NEA
COURSE DATE Online | Monday 29 June 2020
  • All teachers of A-Level History
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 – 10.45am
Very latest feedback 2020 – key challenge points, also key excellence demonstrations

  • Analysis of feedback from 2019 and 2020 series
  • Interrogation of feedback to develop greater understanding of what is required at the higher levels
  • Identify common pitfalls and consider how to avoid them

10.45 – 11.05am
Discussion: coffee break

11.05 – 11.45am
Setting questions which will work well

  • How to construct questions which allow students to satisfy the full requirements of the NEA
  • Consideration of common shortfalls in question setting
  • Providing guidance for those students who are forming their own questions

11.45 – 1.00pm
Getting the most out of sources and interpretations

  • Guidance on where to find appropriate sources and interpretations
  • Focus on teaching the analysis and evaluation of sources
  • Examination of how to produce a convincing commentary on the interpretations
  • Adopting an integrated approach to sources and interpretations

1.00 – 2.00pm
Lunch and informal discussion

2.00 – 2.45pm
Teachers support of students and managing the historical investigation

  • Consideration of how to effectively divide up the teaching of the NEA
  • Clarification of JCQ guidelines on what is deemed as permissible support
  • How to maintain student engagement and independence throughout the entire process of the completion of the NEA
  • Tips on encouraging wider research and on enabling students to organise their enquiry

2.40 – 3.05pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.05 – 3.45pm
Word limits and practicalities of delivering the NEA

  • What are the implications of the new 4500-word limit?
  • The most effective methods of structuring the NEA, how much focus should there be on each Assessment Objective?
  • Guidance on presenting the finished piece

Denise Morris

Denise has over 20 years teaching and examining experience. She is a former Head of History Department and is currently a Senior Examiner with a major examination board. She also moderates and advises on A Level History coursework and has marked with multiple examination boards. She has acted as a Teacher Trainer since 2017.