Essential AQA GCSE Geography Teaching Effective Exam Technique

This online CPD course provides practical advice on how to help AQA GCSE Geography students develop effective exam technique, with particular emphasis on Papers 1 and 2.

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  • 2-5 hours learning time
  • 25 videos, resources and activities

About this course

The course explores the question types and topics across both Papers 1 and 2 with guided videos and resource downloads. Three linked booklets are provided to download, including 30 new practice questions along with sample scripts to mark.

You can also download a student-friendly version of the PowerPoint slides from the 'Files' section, which are ideal to use in your lessons where you want to introduce the different question types and how best to structure responses.

Who it's for

All teachers delivering AQA GCSE Geography

Course series

Essential AQA GCSE Geography

Course outline

In these three videos, the short answer questions (1-4 marks) are examined in detail. Marking exercises are included in the second and third videos in the series.

  • Challenge of the short answer question
  • Assessing short answer questions with confidence
  • Focus on 4-mark questions: suggest and explain

Here the focus is the 6-mark question at GCSE, with advice about teaching strategies in the first and second videos, and marking exercises in the third.

  • Challenge of the 6-mark question
  • Teaching effective responses to 6-mark questions
  • Assessing 6-mark questions with confidence

In this section of this course you'll find a detailed examination of the AO-split in 9-mark questions, suggested teaching strategies to help students improve their extended writing and a range of student scripts to mark.

  • Challenge of the 9-mark question
  • Teaching effective responses to 9-mark questions
  • Assessing 9-mark questions with confidence

In this final video our hosts discuss classroom strategies they use to better prepare students for AQA Geography GCSE examinations.

  • Classroom strategies for exam preparation


  • Vicki Woolven

    Vicki Woolven is Subject Lead for Key Stage 4 Humanities at tutor2u. Vicki previously worked as a Head of Geography and Sociology for many years, and has been a content writer, senior examiner and local authority Key Practitioner for Humanities.

  • Abdurrahman Pérez-McMillan

    Abdurrahman is an experienced teacher and was Head of Geography at two London schools until the end of 2023. As a Geography Consultant for the Harris Federation, he is passionate about excellent Geography teaching and developing pupils into life-long geographers. He is also an examiner, resource developer and CPD presenter, and tweets at @mr_perez5.

  • Suzanne Thorne

    Suzanne Thorne is an experienced Head of Geography with over 25 years teaching experience in both state and independent sectors. She has authored teaching resources and articles for AQA Geography GCSE.

  • Alice Griffiths

    Alice has taught Geography over a period of twenty years and worked as an examiner. She is a published author and editor of a wide range of A-Level resources and has also created award-winning, online content for younger students. An occasional presenter at the GA’s annual conference, she was head of department at an 11-18 school until 2020.

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  • 2-5 hours learning time
  • 25 videos, interactive resources and activities
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