Monday 05 July 2021

Code: 7395


An opportunity to really develop exam techniques and skills that will ensure progression through the mark scheme. A particular focus will be given to how to extend performance in the interpretations question – how should students be proving the concept of ‘convincing’ and how they prove understanding of the content of the extract. A secondary focus will be the qualities of an outstanding essay and especially what an essay in a Breadth paper really should cover. Teachers will receive in advance a copy of the notes for students to use in their revision.


  • Gain understanding of how to approach academic interpretations in exams
  • Obtain top level strategies for producing excellent answers to Question 1
  • Focus on what makes an excellent Breadth essay – and pitfalls to avoid
  • Best practice revision tips and guidance from an AQA expert
  • Discover how to reach the top mark band in all of your answers
  • 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 One

  • How to develop a clear and consistent focus on the notion of convincing
  • Exploration of how to integrate knowledge to ensure that argument is substantiated
  • Consideration of how to avoid the most common indicators of a weaker response

4.15 pm
Overview of Breadth paper essay responses

  • What examiners are looking for in developing an appropriate answer in breadth
  • Student Activity: improving essay skills, and especially the focus on change and continuity over time
  • How examiners mark and rank essay answers

Interpretations Questions

  • Best practice in the evaluation of opinion
  • How to move argument away from notions of reliability and accuracy alone
  • Student Activity: Reviewing responses – what are the indicators of a L4 and L5 response

4.55 pm
Final pointers

All students of AQA A level History


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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