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Aiming for A/A* in Pearson A-Level Psychology

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This new course will demonstrate how to guide your best students to achieve Grades A & A* in future Pearson A-level Psychology examinations. The course will explore the characteristics of A/A* students identified in research and why and how we have to challenge our most able psychology students. Focused extensively on evidence-based teaching, learning and assessment practice as well as feedback from the most recent exams, you will leave with a vast range of resources and practical strategies that will enable you to meet the needs of your most able students and ultimately increase A and A* grade attainment. Finally, we will look beyond the course to focus on preparing these students to continue studying psychology at university.


  • Increase awareness of what teacher should aim to achieve with the most able Psychologists
  • Gain the latest evidence-based practice that challenges A/A* students
  • Develop greater understanding of what examiners are looking for in Grade A/A* responses
  • Take away a range of innovative teaching ideas and electronic resources for your most able students
  • Learn how to develop resilience so that talented psychology students achieve their A/A* potential
  • Focused on identifying the demands of Grades A & A* and providing materials to help teachers prepare students effectively
  • A detailed look at the different demands of questions


Challenging our most able students

10.00 – 10.45am
  • Who are our most able students?
  • Why do we have to challenge our most able students?
  • Essential and desirable skills required



10.45 – 11.00am

Focus on assessment demands for A/A* students

11.00 – 12.00pm
  • Developing effective strategies for ensuring independent learning in students to help reduce dependency and avoid a culture of spoon feeding
  • Examine the assessment demands of all components including the use of assessment objectives as a framework for assessment
  • Analysis of mark schemes – which sections/questions differentiated candidates?
  • Avoiding potential hazards: what can cost a top student their A/A* grade?

The key challenges for A/A* students in Paper 1 , 2 and 3

12.00 – 1.00pm
  • Embedding research methods throughout the course to access higher marks
  • Developing a personalised approach to note taking to support recall
  • Developing confidence levels to go beyond the textbook
  • How to make nuanced judgements and reaching balanced conclusions to hit the top band
  • Focusing on ‘complex tasks’ rather than ‘difficult tasks’ to achieve the A*
  • How to expand your students learning rather than just accelerate it



1.00 – 2.00pm

Stretching and Challenging the most able students

2.00 – 3.00pm
  • What makes a strong A-Level response? How can we build up to this?
  • Common factors and successful strategies amongst A* / A grade students
  • Effective questioning in the classroom
  • Making connections to develop synoptic thinking
  • Synoptic thinking at AS to help achieve the A* at A Level
  • Extra-curricular ideas that help get A and A* grades


Afternoon Break

3.00 – 3.10pm

Tactics for achieving the highest grades

3.10 – 3.40pm
  • Develop an action plan for success for students aiming for top grades
  • The shorter questions: what are the potential pitfalls?
  • Focus on the extended questions and essays: what does a grade A/A* candidate need to do?
  • Varying response practice to stretch the most able
  • Revision ideas to help students produce high quality responses





London | Thursday 09 November 2023
London | Thursday 01 February 2024

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London | Thursday 09 November 2023
London | Thursday 01 February 2024

This course, tailored to suit, can be delivered in your school. Discuss this further with our CPD team on 01625 532974 or click below to make an enquiry.


  • Heads of Psychology
  • Heads of Social Science
  • Aspiring/Newly appointed Heads of Psychology
  • Teachers with responsibility for Psychology


  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance

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