This course has been designed to help maximise the performance of your students in the new Classical Civilisation A level exam in 2020. It will address how the new exam has changed from the legacy A level, and will help with the best approaches to the specification materials, whilst exploring the key elements of the new exam. The course will draw upon Mark’s expertise as an examiner in order to identify the potential pitfalls in the new examination, and focus on exactly what is required to excel in the 2 Assessment Objectives.

The overall thrust of the course is to ensure that teachers are best able to equip their students for the examinations of this course in June 2020.


  • Deepen your understanding of the key demands in the new exam
  • Take away specific guidance on how to embed scholars views in essays
  • Develop strategies to help students achieve level 4 and 5 in essays
  • Take away resources to help all students succeed with each of the different question types
COURSE DATES London | Monday 20 January 2020
London | Wednesday 10 June 2020
  • All A level Classical Civilisation teachers
  • Heads of Classics
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 – 11.00am
The new exam – reflections and approaches

  • The outline and expectations of the new exam: what is it essential to be aware of?
  • Discussion of the challenges experienced by all delegates on the first year of the course
  • How to engage students in the content of the course, and how to maximise their focus on what brings the most reward in examinations
  • Reflections on the mark scheme to develop understanding of its wording and meanings

11.00 – 11.15am
Discussion: coffee break

11.15 – 12.30pm
Extended essay writing in the new examination (with a focus on ‘World of the Hero’ – H408/11)

  • Addressing questions and question types: why do students write such mediocre essays, and how can we help them to improve?
  • Deploying scholars views to meet the requirements of the new exam; where to find material and how to help students deploy it in the most effective way
  • How to use feedback to improve your students’ 30 mark essay writing skills
  • Marking exercise on student 30 mark essays

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.30pm
Specification essentials: Visual and Material Culture (H408/21-24)

  • Methodologies and material: how to help students marry together visual and written sources so that they can be deployed confidently in the exam
  • Identify strategies to help students interpret visual sources and how to revise them
  • Fulfilling the needs of 10 mark source analysis question in the Visual and Material Culture unit
  • Marking exercises on student 10 mark questions (resources available for each unit)

2.30 – 2.45pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.45 – 3.45pm
Specification essentials: Beliefs and Ideas (H408/31-34)

  • Making sense of the units and how far they are ‘source-based’; how to use prescribed sources in both the commentary and extended answer questions
  • How to meet the conceptual and contextual requirements of each unit
  • Marking exercise on the 20 mark questions (resources available for each unit)
  • Exam tips and timings to maximise all students’ opportunities for success

Mark Robinson

Mark is an experienced examiner and Head of Humanities, with over 25 years teaching experience of both Classical Civilisation and History. He has marked on the first year of the linear AS exam, and has marked for both OCR and AQA. He has a particular interest in innovative strategies for improving student performance, and is the author of a number of Ted-Ed videos on Classical Civilisation.

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