This course is designed for teachers who are new to teaching AQA A Level PE, or who wish to improve their understanding to enable their students to achieve higher grades. The sessions are designed to improve delegates’ understanding of the AQA specification and ensure that candidates have the best opportunity to maximise their potential grades. Delegates will receive new teaching approaches as well as key guidance in how to develop exceptional examination and NEA techniques in AQA A level PE to maximise students’ success when delivering the course for the first time.


  • Fully understand the complexities of the AQA A Level P.E. specification
  • Examine how to maximise success in the NEA units
  • Develop your teaching in specific topic areas to raise standards
  • Examine lots of ideas to stimulate classroom delivery
  • Example extended A-level questions: how to prepare students to get the most possible marks
COURSE DATE Online | Tuesday 23 February 2021
Online | Tuesday 15 June 2021
  • New teachers of AQA A level PE
  • Heads of Department for PE
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


10.00 – 11.15am
Introduction and the Assessment Criteria

  • Overview of the specification and how the course is organised
  • Key lessons from the most recent results and incorporating them into your teaching
  • Analysing the assessment criteria and looking how to incorporate AO1, AO2 and AO3 in your lessons.
  • Teaching for the different types of questions, with examples, so that you can help students access all the available marks

11.15 – 11.30am
Discussion: coffee break

11.30 – 12.30pm
Tackling the Challenging Content of AQA A level PE

  • Planning and teaching the more demanding topics from anatomy, physiology and biomechanics – what these are and how to factor them into your teaching
  • Making complicated concepts easy
  • Teaching ideas, related questions and supporting resources to help improve student understanding

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.15pm
Skill, Sports Psychology and Socio-cultural issues

  • Why are these so challenging for many students?
  • Teaching ideas with associated questions and resources, from selected topics from Skill, Psychology and Socio- Cultural issues
  • Getting students involved in their learning – making theory ‘practical’

2.15 – 2.30pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

2.30 – 3.15pm
Managing the NEA

  • Performing, coaching and officiating: what you have to teach and what the students have to do
  • The AQA standard at different grades and getting your students to reach it
  • How to structure a programme of practical teaching and assessment that helps your students gain the best marks
  • Techniques to help students construct excellent written coursework: where and why they can struggle in A level with this skill

3.15 – 3.45pm
Tackling the theory examination

  • How to approach teaching A-level exam skills with confidence
  • Marking and assessment strategies: supporting students to access the higher level grades
  • Extended (8 and 15-mark) answers – ideas for development

Final tips and plenary

Ross Howitt works as a Principal Moderator, Coursework Advisor and Lead Examiner for major examining boards. He has many published educational works and provides a strong, informative focus on all matters relating to academic Physical Education. He has a strong reputation for delivering focused and informative INSET courses and is a regular provider of articles and information to a number of educational periodicals. He provides educational consultancy in schools/ colleges around the country and overseas.