Our next conference: Masterclass 2021: Improve your essay skills for A Level Religious Studies with Charlotte Vardy

Masterclass 2021

    Improve your essay skills for A Level Religious Studies with Charlotte Vardy


    The jump from GCSE to A Level Religious Studies is enormous! Not only are students expected to get to grips with a huge amount of detailed, challenging content, but they are also expected to interpret an unfamiliar question and make an academic judgement… and then advance and defend a scholarly argument. Thinking back to Bloom’s old taxonomy of learning outcomes, A Level Religious Studies demands that students master the highest order of learning in relation to all areas of the specification even to pass the course. Unsurprisingly, many students (and many teachers when it comes to it) struggle to answer some of the essay-questions and are unsure of how to approach them.


    Many students ask…

    • Is there a “right way” of writing an A Level essay?
    • What actually is an essay beyond being an extended piece of writing?
    • What is the most effective way to structure an essay in the exam?

    This intensive online course will answer these questions and aims to support students in improving their essay skills for A level Religious Studies.


    Building on the success of the “Helping Students to Write Better essays in RS” CPD event in June 2020, Charlotte Vardy, a highly experienced teacher, textbook-author and A Level RS blogger who has worked for examination boards both as a teacher-trainer and specification reviewer will help students to understand what an essay is, what a good essay needs to do and looks like, how to structure an Examination essay and how to make essays more effective.


    Each student will be provided with an individual log-in, enabling them to participate in quizzes and other interactive activities, and an extensive pack of resources to print off and fill in. Students can do the whole course LIVE at one sitting on Wednesday 10th February… or watch on-demand later, maybe breaking it down into four one-hour units.

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