Essential A-Level Economics Teaching Context and Application for AQA

This CPD course provides practical advice and resources on how we can help our AQA A-Level Economcis students develop the skill of application.

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  • 2-3 hours learning time
  • 12 course steps

About this course

The course explores how we can help our students: (1) Develop “wider contextual awareness” - I.e. the “syllabus behind the syllabus” in terms of understanding the world and relevant examples, (2) Approach and use unseen data / contexts in exam papers and other assessments (3) Use both their own wider knowledge and the new data presented in exams and assessments to good effect in their responses

Who it's for

All teachers of AQA A-Level Economics

Course series

Essential A-Level Economics

Course outline

The following videos outline the role of examples and wider contextual awareness in AQA A-Level Economics, as well as the importance of being able to effectively use the unseen data provided in exam papers. The videos are packed full of useful insights as well as teaching ideas.

  • The role of context for AQA Economics
  • The role of wider contextual examples
  • Building a culture of contextual awareness in the classroom
  • Current affairs in the classroom
  • Economic history for AQA Economics
  • Learning activities for contextual awareness
  • Using quantitative data
  • Training students to use contextual knowledge
  • Context and data in exams

The videos in this section of the course show discussions between a range of different A-Level Economics teachers on the teaching of context.

  • Planning your teaching for context and application
  • Key challenges when teaching context and application
  • Being new to teaching economic context


  • Ruth Tarrant

    Ruth has been Subject Lead in Economics at tutor2u for many years after a career of teaching Economics, Business, Politics and Maths in a range of secondary schools. She is a highly experienced A level Economics Examiner, and also teaches undergraduate Economics on a very part-time basis at the University of Oxford. Ruth is passionate about making economics fun, engaging and accessible for teachers and students.

  • Isobel Dawson

    Isobel is an Economics graduate who trained as a Mathematics teacher before becoming and Economics teacher and then leading an Economics department. She is interested in all aspects of Economics pedagogy, but is particularly eager to find effective approaches for students who find studying the subject more challenging.

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  • 2-3 hours learning time
  • 12 course steps
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