DATE: Monday 18 March 2019: 4pm (1hr)

CODE: 7464



This dynamic and fast-paced on-line course is designed to help students of all levels get the absolute most out of their GCSE performance in Paper 2. You will learn how to use your time most effectively when revising. The course will take you through the requirements of the GCSE questions in a clear and accessible style so that questions are decoded and analysed. You’ll discover what examiners want when certain command words are used. You will be able to compare your responses with graded answers. This webinar is relevant for each of the Homeric World, Roman City Life and War and Warfare options.



  • Gain a clear understanding of how to revise for the Paper 2: Literature and Culture options

  • Learn how to write your own questions to share with each other

  • Look closely at how to produce excellent answers on the detailed and extended response questions

  • Understand how to get into the top mark bands in all your answers

  • Take away best practice example answers

Alastair Thorley

Alastair is the Head of Classics at Stockport Grammar School. The school has a department of four full-time Classics teachers. He teaches Latin and Classical Civilisation at all levels of the school. After its introduction 14 years ago, Classical Civilisation remains strong at the school with around 100 pupils studying the subject at GCSE and 40 continuing to AS/A Level. Alastair has taught GCSE Classical Civilisation for 17 years. In the last three years 76% of his pupils have achieved either A* or A.

He currently marks the Epic and Myth paper for OCR and AS Classical Civilisation for AQA. Alistair contributed to two of the Bloomsbury/OCR A Level Classical Civilisation text books: “Invention of the Barbarian” and “Love and Relationships”.

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