Thursday 08 July 2021

CODE: 8011


This webinar gives an opportunity to really get to grips with the requirements of the NEA component from the start and how to ensure success in assessment. Essential advice will be given about the planning, research and writing up of this NEA essay which synthesises the skills being developed for the written examination papers.

Students will  improve their understanding of how NEAs are assessed, what moderators will be expecting to see from a high level NEA, and how to make this happen, including  choosing good essay titles, appropriate sources and interpretations, and planning and writing a good, top grade essay.


  • Gain understanding of how to approach the NEA including the role of assessment objectives.
  • Find out more about tackling the subject/title and how to approach the research element of the task.
  • Understand more about choosing appropriate sources and interpretations to use in the essay
  • Gain key advice on ways to plan your answer, how to write it up effectively, integrating all relevant skills.


4 p.m –  4.05 p.m Introduction

  • Overview, principles and aims of the NEA assessments
  • Get to grips with the requirements of the essay.
  • The Assessment Objectives which determine the mark awarded.
  • The wording of the question

4.20 p.m Topic, title and research

  • Understanding the “ingredients” of the essay.
  • The coverage of breadth; thematic approach.
  • Research: where and how.  (NB Footnotes and bibliography needed!)

4.35 p.m. Sources and interpretations

  • Choosing primary sources for AO2
  • Choosing interpretations for AO3
  • How to use both in the essay alongside the role of AO1 (knowledge & understanding)

4.55 p.m.  The ingredients of a high level essay

  • Planning analytically
  • Being mindful of the word limit
  • The role of footnotes and bibliography
  • How essays are marked internally and then moderated externally
  • What assessors are looking for a good top grade essay

David Ferriby

Until his retirement from full-time teaching and senior management in a very successful comprehensive school, was active in teaching GCSE and A Level History. In addition he has a wealth of experience in examining for various boards, often in a senior role involving setting papers and supervising teams of examiners. Recently he has been an author for a
major publisher at GCSE and A Level and has also acted as Series Editor for various sets of books.