DATE:  Wednesday 4 December 2019: 4pm (1hr)
Thursday 7 May 2020:4pm (1hr)

CODE: 7396


An opportunity to really develop your exam technique and skills that will ensure progression to the higher levels of the mark scheme. There will be a particular focus on extending performance on the sources question. We will consider exactly what the demands of assessing value are and how the student can ensure that they are analyzing the full range of provenance set in the attribution. We will consider tips on avoiding the more general commentary about tone and provenance and look at what the higher level responses look like. A secondary focus will be the qualities of an outstanding essay and especially what an essay in Depth papers really should cover.  Teachers will receive in advance a copy of the notes for students to use in their revision.


  • Gain exceptional understanding of how to assess Value for the historical source question
  • Extend your skills in assessing and analysing historical sources – and learn what to avoid writing
  • Obtain top level strategies for writing essays on Depth questions
  • Best practice examples and guidance for hitting the top mark band in all answers
  • Revision and exam practice advice from an AQA expert
  • This course includes a set of course notes which will be sent in advance of the course and which you will be able to use


4.00 pm
Introduction and consideration of assessment criteria

4.05 pm
Feedback on Paper Two

  • Overview and exploration of better and weaker answers to Question 1
  • A clear indication of the most typical traits of a L4 and a L5 response. How do examiners tell the difference?
  • The qualities of an A and A* response

4.15 pm
Overview of Depth paper essay responses

  • Conveying an understanding in depth – knowledge in support of argument
  • Success in the essay: the higher levels of AO1
  • Achieving a sustained and substantiated judgement
  • Student Activity: analyse essay question responses

The Sources Questions

  • Showing an understanding of the source as demanded at the higher levels
  • How to evaluate the value of a source using terminology looked for by examiners
  • Student Activity: what are the strengths and weaknesses of these answers

4.55 pm
Final pointers

Keith Milne

Keith has over 25 years teaching and examining experience. He is a Senior Moderator with a major exam board and has authored and advised on a series of popular books including those detailing how to succeed with the NEA. He leads a number of courses exploring the routes to success at A Level History.

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