This NEW course will demonstrate how to guide your students to achieve their full potential in Pearson A-Level History Depth Study examinations. Led by noted writer, A level teacher and examiner, Robin Bunce, the course will demonstrate teaching and learning ideas for Component 2 which will stretch and challenge across the ability range whilst examining exactly what drives all of the levels on the Pearson mark scheme. The course will consider exactly what is being looked for in successful answers to Depth essays and how to teach your students to produce excellent answers to source questions.


  • Take away approaches to teaching breath contents and concepts across a two year linear A level course
  • Gain critical insight into the complexity needed for assessment and success in Pearson A level History Paper 2
  • Engage with new ideas, approaches to motivate, inspire and challenge students
  • Learn how to boost initial and detailed Depth knowledge and understanding
  • Develop practical strategies to stretch and challenge students to succeed when studying Depth units
  • Obtain examiner-led insight into what makes for high quality essay and interpretations responses in Sections A, B and C, including for Paper 3
COURSE DATE Online | Monday 28 June 2021
  • All teachers of Pearson Edexcel A Level History
  • Teachers who specialise on Pearson Edexcel Paper 2 Breadth Study with Interpretations
  • Teachers looking to move to Pearson Edexcel A level History
  • Heads of History
  • Heads of Department for History
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance


10.00 – 10.45am: The challenges of Pearson Paper 2: Depth Study

  • Feedback from the previous exams: what differentiates students across the grade boundaries in the essays and sources questions
  • Not getting lost in the detail: covering continuity and change in a Depth Unit and avoiding knowledge overload
  • Approaches for organising assessment that covers the four themes of each Pearson Unit 2 topic
  • Moving forward from GCSE Depth work: building, developing and extending student skills on History in Depth

10.45 – 11.05 am: Break

11.05 – 12.05 pm: Teaching the Depth unit in Year 12

  • Teaching the first two themes – where you should be at key points in Year 12
  • Approaches for developing the skills necessary to answer questions that target knowledge and understanding of the period
  • Gaining an in-depth understanding of shorter time periods: where students struggle and succeed in Pearsons Paper 2 exams
  • Making sure students remain focused on the key questions and issues of each Depth unit in their study

12.05 – 1.00 pm: The extra depth and detail required for A level study – covering Year 2 content

  • Creating a greater depth and range of content and evidence, for sophisticated analysis in students in Year 13 in topics 3 and 4
  • Approaches for demonstrating a deeper understanding of historical concepts, producing responses that are more analytical and judgements that are more effectively substantiated
  • Exploring issues of continuity and change in a short period: classic mistakes and successes of students on shorter historical periods
  • Reviewing and re-using Year 12 content: how and when to best review topics 1 and 2

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch  

2.00  –  2.45  Analysing Historical Sources to reach the highest mark bands

  • Using historical sources critically in their context, deploying appropriate information and reaching substantiated conclusions
  • Setting practice tasks to stretch and instruct students
  • Feeding back to really expand historical understanding of source utilisation
  • Evaluating historical sources critically in their context
  • Take away approaches so students can deploy appropriate information and reaching substantiate conclusions on contemporary sources
  • Making synoptic skill links with Paper 3

2.45– 3.00 pm: afternoon break

3.00 – 3.45 pm: Preparing students for the Depth study exam

  • Developing essay questions on Depth: the detail required for high marks
  • Ensuring argument and counter-argument: why do students still fail to do this under exam conditions and what can we do about it?
  • Preparing A and A* students for the exam: specific advice for the most able students
  • Evaluate student responses which demonstrate how to move students through the mark bands

3.45 / 4.00pm: Depart

Dr Robin Bunce

With more than ten years’ teaching experience, he has been leader of History at Long Road Sixth Form College, and a senior examiner for a major exam board. Robin is also the author of a number of History text books for publishers including Hodder and Pearson. Beyond A Level, Robin has contributed to the Runnymede Trust’s initiatives to diversify the curriculum, and he is pursuing historical research at Homerton College, University of Cambridge.

Rhea Green