Teaching Elements of Crime Writing for AQA B

Why should you attend? 

This course will exploit the opportunities offered by AQA B’s exciting new Crime Writing unit (diverse and engaging texts, fascinating literary and generic context) and explore how to rise to its challenges (how to ensure students also gain an understanding of the individual texts’ distinctive qualities as drama, narrative, poetry). While the day will be focused on supporting your teaching of the component, it is also intended to develop your confidence in relation to the genre. The course will include a lecture from an academic, to reinvigorate your own subject knowledge and support your teaching.

What will the course cover?

  • What makes it crime? Exploring themes, concepts and conventions.
  • Going beyond the crime fiction genre: how the writers use the conventions of drama, poetry or narrative. 
  • Balancing ‘big picture’ and close analysis – critical and creative approaches.
  • Supporting students in making effective use of criticism.
  • A lecture from Dr Dinah Roe, Senior Lecturer in 19C Literature at Oxford Brookes, where she leads ‘Crime, Culture and Transgression’ course.

When applying for the course, please let us know which texts you have chosen to teach.



'This is a fantastic course with excellent resources. It has been stimulating and productive – as always, excellent provision.'

Majella Henson, Blackheath High School on 'Teaching Dystopia and Science Fiction at A Level'.

Thank you so much for a fantastic, useful day. I feel inspired, even after a very long term.

Victoria Sharkey, Burntwood School on ‘Teaching Dystopia & Science Fiction at AL’.

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