ABOUT THIS COURSE: Preparing Students For the 2021 Classics Examination

This course has been designed to help maximise the performance of your students in the A Level Classics examination in 2021. It will address the differing requirements of the 3 units, with a special focus on the requirements of the ‘visual and material culture’ and ‘beliefs and ideas’ elements of the syllabus. The course will draw upon Mark’s expertise as an examiner in order to identify the potential pitfalls in the examination, and focus on exactly what is required to excel in the 2 Assessment Objectives.

The overall thrust of the course is to help teachers to apply the lessons that have been learnt from the first two years of A level exams, and to equip students to be able to excel in 2021.


  • Deepen your understanding of the key demands in the 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 DATE London | Wednesday 13 January 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 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 – 11:00am: The 2021 exam – reflections and approaches

  • How to bridge the gap caused by teaching time lost in COVID-19 lockdown.
  • 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: Break

11:15-12:30 What makes an A*/A grade script?

  • How to structure and write a top grade essay
  • How to help students maximise marks and make best use of the exam timings
  • The 5 hallmarks of an A* student
  • Marking exercises on 30 mark essays

12:30-1:30: Lunch

1:30-2:30 The difference between level 3 and level 4 – how to push your students on to the top grades

  • What is meant by ‘critical analysis of scholars’ in the mark scheme?
  • Level 4’s ‘detailed knowledge’; how much should you expect to see in AO1?
  • Marking exercises on the level 3/4 and level 4/5 boundaries.

2:45-3:45 Eliminating the common errors

  • How to improve students’ source work for 10 mark questions.
  • Strategies for boosting student understanding of literary texts.
  • How to differentiate between the skills needed for performance in papers 21-24 (Visual and material culture) as against 31-34 (Beliefs and Ideas).

3.45pm Depart

Mark Robinson

Mark Robinson is an experienced examiner and Director of Humanities, with over 25 years teaching experience of both Classical Civilisation and History. He teaches around 80 A level Classical Civilisation students each year. He has a particular interest in innovative strategies for improving student performance, especially using a range of digital platforms.  He is the author of a number of Ted-Ed videos on Classical Civilisation, which have now been viewed over 5 million times.

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