AQA GCSE Religious Studies Essay Skills Guide: Themes, Christianity and Islam

Coming Autumn 2022.

This detailed and practical guide is designed to help students understand and master the all-important AO2 skills of Critical Analysis & Evaluation, which are vital for performing well in the essay writing/long evaluation answers in the AQA GCSE exam.

  • Written for the AQA GCSE RS Spec A covering Component 1: Religious Beliefs, Practices & Traditions (comparing two religions) and Component 2: Thematic Studies.
  • Covers all specification content across Components 1 & 2 for Christianity and Islam by topic.
  • Highly visual ‘Knowledge Organiser’ format summarises all the key AO1 info that students should know by the time they tackle an exam.
  • Toolkit approach breaks down AO2 into easily understandable study skills that students can then learn to deploy when writing long answers in the exam.
  • Introduction to Evaluation section gives advice and support on how to identify different types of exam questions, how to start and structure an answer, how to build an essay and argument, how to use evidence and how to evaluate successfully.
  • Two Sample Answers per topic show the different evaluation skills with examiner commentary, and suggested content areas for student to bring into their trial answers.
  • Can be used to support classroom learning, end of topic review or final exam revision as needed.

 

 

AQA GCSE Religious Studies Essay Skills Guide: Themes, Christianity and Buddhism

Coming Autumn 2022.

This detailed and practical guide is designed to help students understand and master the all-important AO2 skills of Critical Analysis & Evaluation, which are vital for performing well in the essay writing/long evaluation answers in the AQA GCSE exam.

  • Written for the AQA GCSE RS Spec A covering Component 1: Religious Beliefs, Practices & Traditions (comparing two religions) and Component 2: Thematic Studies.
  • Covers all specification content across Components 1 & 2 for Christianity and Buddhism by topic.
  • Highly visual ‘Knowledge Organiser’ format summarises all the key AO1 info that students should know by the time they tackle an exam.
  • Toolkit approach breaks down AO2 into easily understandable study skills that students can then learn to deploy when writing long answers in the exam.
  • Introduction to Evaluation section gives advice and support on how to identify different types of exam questions, how to start and structure an answer, how to build an essay and argument, how to use evidence and how to evaluate successfully.
  • Two Sample Answers per topic show the different evaluation skills with examiner commentary, and suggested content areas for student to bring into their trial answers.
  • Can be used to support classroom learning, end of topic review or final exam revision as needed.

 

AQA GCSE Media Studies Student Book – Revised Edition

Out now!

Approved by AQA. The AQA GCSE Media Studies Student Book has been revised and updated to reflect the latest amendments to the specification. This accessible and engaging resource will support students through their GCSE Media Studies course.  (This book is replacing the 2018 edition. For details of the previous edition click here).

What’s new in the Revised Edition?

  • Coverage of the new close study products for assessment from 2023 onwards, including:
    • Black Widow (film – media industries)
    • How You Like That by Blackpink (music video – media industries and media audiences)
    • KISS Breakfast (radio – media industries and audiences)
    • His Dark Materials: The City of Magpies (television programme – all four areas of the theoretical framework)
    • The social media and online output of Marcus Rashford (online, social and participatory media – all four areas of the theoretical framework)
  • New examples of contemporary media products across a range of forms.
  • Updated sections on media contexts to reflect recent developments in culture and society.
  • Up-to-date statistics and information about media industries and audiences.
  • New activities to reinforce students’ knowledge and understanding.

What have we retained?

  • Highly visual and engaging design.
  • Detailed coverage of all areas of the specification, supported by highly illustrated examples.
  • Exploration of the theoretical framework of Media Studies, applied to a range of media forms and products.
  • Dedicated chapter on the Non-Exam Assessment element of the specification provides clear guidance on how students will be assessed.
  • Additional online exam guidance chapter introduces students to practice questions and the assessment objectives.
  • A variety of activities and extension tasks to help students broaden their knowledge and understanding and encourage independent learning.

 

AQA GCSE Media Studies Revision Guide – Revised Edition

Out now!

The AQA GCSE Media Studies Revision Guide has been revised and updated to reflect the latest amendments to the specification.  This accessible and engaging resource will support students through their revision for the GCSE Media Studies assessments.  (This book is replacing the 2019 edition. For details of the previous edition click here)

What’s new in the Revised Edition?

  • Coverage of the new close study products for assessment from 2023 onwards, including:
    • Black Widow (film – media industries)
    • How You Like That by Blackpink (music video – media industries and media audiences)
    • KISS Breakfast (radio – media industries and audiences)
    • His Dark Materials: The City of Magpies (television programme – all four areas of the theoretical framework)
    • The social media and online output of Marcus Rashford (online, social and participatory media – all four areas of the theoretical framework)
    • The new magazine and newspaper editions for assessment in 2023
  • Updated information on media contexts to reflect recent developments in culture and society.
  • Up-to-date statistics and information about media industries and audiences.

What have we retained?

  • Highly visual and engaging design.
  • Detailed coverage of all areas of the specification, supported by highly illustrated examples.
  • Exploration of each area of the theoretical framework of Media Studies, applied to a range of media forms and products.
  • A dedicated chapter on analysis covering the skills required to analyse both previously unseen products and the close study products.
  • Exam guidance chapter to support students with their preparation and techniques for each of the two question papers.
  • A variety of knowledge check tasks and short questions to help students’ retrieval practice.

The Answers to the questions in the Revision Guide along with a Glossary are available to download on the Resources and Downloads tab.

AQA Media Studies for A Level Year 1 & AS – Student Book

Approved by AQA, the Student Book offers high quality support you can trust.

  • Written by experienced Media Studies teachers and examiners.
  • Knowledge, understanding and skills are developed through the textbook and presented in a highly accessible way.
  • Includes practical approaches to developing skills, and contemporary case studies of media industries throughout.
  • The Non-Examined Assessment is supported with a chapter containing clear, student-focused guidance.
  • Contains practical suggestions for effective ways to deliver the subject content.
  • Designed for students of all ability levels with extension questions and tasks to stretch and challenge the most able learners.

NB Revised pages covering the targeted close study product case study The Missing are available to download on the Resources and Downloads tab.

AQA GCSE Media Studies – Student Book

This title is being replaced by a Revised Edition which reflects the latest amendments to the specification. For details on the new book click here.

Written by practised Media Studies teachers with examining experience, and endorsed by AQA, this student book offers high quality support you can trust.

  • Offering comprehensive coverage of the specification, this highly visual and colourful student book is designed to stimulate and inspire students.
  • Written in clear and accessible language to offer explanations, examples and advice suitable for all GCSE Media Studies students, with extension activities to challenge the more able.
  • Students will engage with the theoretical framework and the social, cultural, historical and political contexts through a variety of case studies.
  • Features sections specifically focusing on media products selected from the first suite of Close Study Products, alongside student-centred guidance on how to approach the study of CSPs.
  • The Non-Examined Assessment is supported with a chapter containing clear, student-focused guidance.
  • A free exam chapter is available to download. It looks at the structure of the exam papers, examples of questions and some ‘right and wrong’ techniques in answering them.

AQA Media Studies for A Level Year 2 – Student Book

Approved by AQA, the Student Book offers high quality support you can trust.

  • Written by experienced Media Studies teachers and examiners.
  • Knowledge, understanding and skills are developed through the textbook and presented in a highly accessible way.
  • Includes practical approaches to developing skills, and contemporary case studies of media industries throughout.
  • The Non-Examined Assessment is supported with a chapter containing clear, student-focused guidance.
  • Contains practical suggestions for effective ways to deliver the subject content.
  • Designed for students of all ability levels with extension questions and tasks to stretch and challenge the most able learners.

AQA Media Studies for A Level Revision Guide

This combined A Level Revision Guide, covers content for both A Level Year 1 and A Level Year 2.

  • Written by an experienced Media Studies teacher and senior examiner and presented in a clear and straightforward way making it accessible and easy to use.
  • Contains just the right amount of detail students need to recap and revise the key content from the course.
  • Provides examples of detailed analysis across the nine media forms using the theoretical framework and a selection of both the targeted and in-depth CSPs.
  • Offers advice and guidance on approaching the various types of questions students may encounter in the exams.

AQA Media Studies for A Level Year 1 & AS – Revision Guide

Designed to complement the AQA Media Studies for A Level Year 1 and AS Student Book, this practical and concise Revision Guide supports students preparing for their AQA AS Media Studies assessment.

  • Written by an experienced Media Studies teacher and senior examiner and presented in a clear and straightforward way making it accessible and easy to use.
  • Contains just the right amount of detail students need to recap and revise the key content from the course.
  • Provides examples of detailed analysis across the nine media forms using the theoretical framework and a selection of both the targeted and in-depth CSPs.
  • Offers advice and guidance on approaching the various types of questions students may encounter in the exam.

AQA Psychology for A Level & AS: Your Guide to Exam Success!

Whether your students are aiming for an A* or a C this guide is a friend to keep with them from the start to the end of their course.

  • Written by Cara Flanagan, the UK’s leading and most trusted author for A Level Psychology.
  • Put the advice into practice and it will help your students get the grade they deserve.
  • You and your students can use this Guide regardless of your choice of student book.

A message from the author:

“In my life I have been a student, teacher, mother, examiner, speaker and author. All of these have given me ample opportunity to reflect on what to do in exams – I have taken them (with reasonable success), I have taught all sorts of subjects (maths, computer science, psychology) and helped students to exam success, I have guided my own children through them, I have marked thousands of A level papers and also been involved in writing exam papers, I have spoken at student conferences about how to achieve exam success, and I have written many book chapters and magazine articles on exams. In this book I am going to tell you everything I have learned.”

Cara Flanagan

What’s in ‘Your Guide to Exam Success!’?

Chapter 1: The specification
Looking at what the words in the specification actually mean and how they translate into exam questions.

Chapter 2: The exam and skills required
All you need to know about how the different skills are examined and what you need to do to develop these skills.

Chapter 3: Research methods and mathematical content
If you attain full marks on these questions, you have almost achieved a pass mark on this content alone.

Chapter 4: Understanding how exam answers are marked
An insight into the examining process so you can provide the right kind of answers.

Chapter 5: Studying and revising
Little and often. Helping you make a plan that can be adapted and revisited until it works for you.

Chapter 6: Aiming for A*
Life is what you make it.

Chapter 7: Taking the exam
How to use your time wisely in the weeks leading up to the exam, and also in the exam itself.

Chapter 8: Mock exams
One for AS and one for A level.  Mark schemes, suggested answers and examiner comments are provided in the Resources and Downloads tab.

References and answers.

AQA Psychology for A Level Year 1 & AS Student Book – 2nd Edition

Approved by AQA and written by leading psychology authors, Cara Flanagan, Matt Jarvis and Rob Liddle, the 2nd Edition of this popular Student Book will support students through the AS / Year 1 course and help them thoroughly prepare for their exams.

  • Approved by AQA, this book offers high quality support you can trust.
  • The clear and accessible layout will help students engage with and absorb the information.
  • Each topic is presented on one spread to see the whole picture with description and evaluation clearly separated.
  • Evaluation material uses a three-paragraph structure (point, evidence and conclusion) and includes counterpoints to develop discussion skills.
  • ‘Apply it’ activities provide plenty of opportunities to practise application skills.
  • Mathematics and research methods requirements are thoroughly covered with practice questions on most spreads and ideas for research activities in each chapter.
  • Visual summaries of each chapter help ensure a good grasp of the basics.
  • Exam practice, example student answers and skills guidance are provided.

See the Digital Book Bundle page for information on the Student Digital Book which adds even more value to this student book!

For invaluable revision support it combines brilliantly with the ‘Green-hair Girl’ 2nd Edition Revision Guide and Flashbook as well as the original (and still completely relevant) Revision App.

AQA Psychology for A Level Year 2 Student Book – 2nd Edition

Approved by AQA and written by leading psychology authors, Cara Flanagan, Matt Jarvis and Rob Liddle, the 2nd Edition of this popular Student Book will support students through the A Level Year 2 course and help them thoroughly prepare for their exams.

  • Approved by AQA, this book offers high quality support you can trust.
  • The clear and accessible layout will help students engage with and absorb the information.
  • Each topic is presented on one spread to see the whole picture with description and evaluation clearly separated.
  • Evaluation material uses a three-paragraph structure (point, evidence and conclusion) and includes counterpoints to develop discussion skills.
  • ‘Apply it’ activities provide plenty of opportunities to practise application skills.
  • Mathematics and research methods requirements are thoroughly covered with practice questions on most spreads and ideas for research activities in each chapter.
  • Visual summaries of each chapter help ensure a good grasp of the basics.
  • Exam practice, example student answers and skills guidance are provided.

 

See the Digital Book Bundle page for information on the Student Digital Book which adds even more value to this student book!

For invaluable revision support it combines brilliantly with the ‘Pink-hair Girl’ 2nd Edition Revision Guide and Flashbook as well as the original (and still completely relevant) Revision App.