This course is designed for teachers who are new to teaching AQA A Level History, or who wish to improve their understanding to enable their students to succeed.  The sessions are designed to improve delegates’ understanding of the AQA specification and ensure that students have the best opportunity to maximise their potential grades

The course will also demonstrate practical teaching and learning strategies for incorporating key themes and concepts across all three of the specification components. We will also investigate differing methods of delivering the NEA.

Led by experienced examiner and teacher, Denise Morris, the course is designed for new and recently qualified teachers of AQA A Level History.


  • Develop teaching resources and strategies for ensuring all students will succeed in AQA A Level History
  • Gain exact insight into the skills examiners are looking for
  • Explore practical approaches to incorporating key themes and concepts in lessons.
  • Enhance your understanding of the role of the NEA and consider varied approaches to producing high quality coursework.
COURSE DATES Online | Tuesday 20 April 2021
Online | Friday 09 July 2021
  • NQT’s and RQT’s
  • Experienced teachers who are new to A Level History
  • Teachers new to the AQA specification
  • Heads of History
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 – 10.45pm: Knowing where to start

  • What does success look like in A level history?
  • Consideration of the particular implications of the Linear 2-year course.
  • Dealing with features, issues and concepts and enabling students to become critical and reflective thinkers.
  • Effective differentiation: facilitating access for all students to sources and interpretations, with particular emphasis on Section A examination technique.
  • Ensuring understanding of the key concepts of breadth and depth

10.45 – 11.00pm: Break

11.00 – 11.20pm: Incorporating skills from day one

  • The key concepts of AO1: cause, consequence, change, continuity, similarity, difference and significance.
  • Getting the questioning right: higher order questioning techniques.
  • Developing an appreciation of the key themes of a unit.
  • Building vocabulary; the use of appropriate terminology.

11.20 – 12.00pm: Teaching Sources – Component Two.

  • Using the right level of sources.
  • Strategies for accurate retrieval of information from sources.
  • How much to comment on content, and how much to comment on provenance?
  • Focusing on value; demonstrating understanding of the full demands of the question.
  • Tone and emphasis

12.00 – 12.45pm: Teaching Interpretations – Component One.

  • Instilling confidence in learners; convincing students their critique is worthwhile.
  • Guidance on where to find interpretations.
  • Practical approaches to developing skills of analysis and evaluation.
  • Effective application of historical context.

12.45 – 1.45pm: Lunch

1.45 – 2.45pm: Teaching for High Quality Essays

  • What examiners expect to see in higher level responses in both breadth and depth essays.
  • Examples of good and less good responses.
  • Understanding historical significance and providing substantiated judgement.
  • What distinguishes a synoptic essay?

2.45 – 3.45pm: Preparing for the Non-Examined Component

  • Planning for the NEA and how to include this is your Scheme of Work.
  • Writing a strong proposal title which will facilitate success for your students.
  • Practical approaches to milestones and progress.
  • Exactly how much support to give to students in the NEA.
  • Comparison of advantages and disadvantages of the widely differing approaches taken to coursework
  • How not to let it take over in Year 13.

Denise Morris

Denise has over 20 years teaching and examining experience. She is a former Head of Department and is currently a Senior Examiner with a major examination board. Furthermore, Denise also moderates and advises on A Level History coursework and has marked with multiple examination boards. She has acted as a Teacher Trainer since 2017.