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 London | Wednesday 15 October 2020
  • 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 – 10.45am
Dispelling the myths and knowing where to start

  • Introductions
  • Dispelling some of the common myths about A level History teaching
  • Advice on where to start researching and preparing to teach. Detailing how to approach a scheme of work and lesson planning, preparing for the exam skills and where to find resources. It will also give links to exam board pages/specifications and further sites for support.
  • The session will offer advice on how to engage with other centres, create consortiums/peer support and negotiating timetables.

10.45 – 11.00am
Discussion: coffee break

11.00 –11.30am
What does an effective A level lesson look like?

  • This section will discuss the typical ingredients of a successful A level lesson and how to manage one.
  • It will discuss how to plan and structure a lesson, pace, pitch and how to demonstrate student progress for example.

11.30 – 1.00pm
Teaching ideas to develop A level ‘thinking’ and revision

  • Across all boards, to access the higher levels, students need to be able to demonstrate higher order thinking skills. This session will include a range on lesson activities to promote higher order thinking including causation, consequence, significance, continuity/change, similarity and difference and provenance
  • Effective Revision practices for the linear A level including the latest research and activities that can be done in and outside of the class to promote self-testing and distributive practice.

1.00 – 2.00pm
Lunch and informal discussion

2.00 – 3.15pm
How to approach coursework?

  • This is a major concern for new and experienced A level teachers. This session will examine how and when to plan.
  • Advice on how to approach and structure content lessons. When do centres normally do this and how much time is typically devoted to it?
  • Guidance on how to approach setting questions and providing resources for the students
  • Thinks to consider including library resources, online resources software for verbal feedback
  • How to track student progress and ensure they are hitting their deadlines
  • How to arrange standardisation?

3.15 – 3.45pm
How to assess and track your A level students?

  • This is a major focus for most A level centres but there is often little training on how to approach it. The session will offer exemplars including assignment feedback forms, mark books, individualised learning plans etc.

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.