This new course addresses inspiring 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. You will learn how images, Figures other resources can be incorporated into your teaching to help deliver challenging areas of the course and improve student outcomes in relation to all four Assessment Objectives. The course will also address how to develop decision-making skills in the context of interesting course content and how to integrate skills so that students at all levels become engaged learners who are fully prepared for their exams. Approaches to developing fieldwork experience for candidates throughout key stages 3 and 4 will also be covered.


  • Gain new ideas and methods for inspiring your students in all areas of AQA Geography
  • Obtain the latest thinking on how resources and Figures can be integrated into lessons to deliver content and address all Assessment Objectives
  • Take away new strategies for developing candidates’ ability to make decisions in relation to geographical issues
  • Gain an increased understanding of different ways to deliver the skills requirements
  • Develop approaches for building fieldwork activities into a five year geography curriculum
COURSE DATE London Wednesday 3 July 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 and 2019 – key messages for teachers about student performance and how to improve students’ confidence in the use of resources and Figures
  • AO3 Application. Decision-making. Candidates’ strengths and weaknesses on this skill across the papers and ideas for addressing this
  • AO4 Skills – candidates’ strengths and weaknesses and how this affected final results
  • Fieldwork outcomes in 2018 and what we need to learn from this

10.30 – 11.30am
Improving students’ use of geographical resources

  • Develop your understanding of how resources and Figures can be used as starter activities, plenaries and to deliver the more challenging aspects of course content
  • Linking resources and Figures to the Assessment Objectives in inspiring ways
  • New ways of using resources and Figures to develop candidate understanding and examination performance

11.30 – 11.45am
Discussion: coffee break

11.45 – 12.45pm
Decision-making – addressing AO3 Application with new approaches

  • Teaching strategies which identify opportunities for decision-making in relation to all units of the specification
  • The benefit of teaching controversial arguments – using arguments eg for/against Fracking to encourage student thinking
  • Teaching decision-making within current case studies and examples: eg the arguments for and against palm oil plantations; whether coastal defences should be built at specific locations; the case for HS2; issues relating to food/water/energy
  • Linking decision-making to examination performance: ensuring your students can cope with unfamiliar contexts and ideas

12.45 – 1.45pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.45 – 2.45pm
Inspiring ways to teach Geographical Skills

  • Skills requirements: the need for a skills audit
  • Getting students excited about Geographical skills – lesson ideas that stick in their minds
  • The latest teaching and learning methods that ensure student success in relation to skills both within and outside the classroom
  • Methods and delivery to get students to understand and use transferrable skills – which new case studies and examples support this best
  • Delivering the more challenging skills by integrating in the taught units: topics which inspire student understanding and love of Geography

2.45 – 3.00pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.00 – 3.45pm
Paper 3 – the importance of enjoying fieldwork for exam performance

  • ‘Geography is best learned through the soles of your boots’. Fieldwork – the crucial requirements for the exam and how to ensure understanding via the fieldwork visits and teaching
  • Getting high marks: teaching Applications and Skills in relation to candidates’ physical and human geography enquiries
  • How to increase understanding of fieldwork requirements; developing effective strategies to improve candidate performance in the final exams
  • Making GCSE fieldwork enjoyable – case studies of human and physical fieldwork which boost student exams through memorable experiences
  • Developing exciting fieldwork experiences in Key Stages 3 and 4 using the local area, homework tasks and secondary data: getting students to want to get their feet wet and their hands dirty!

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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