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AQA A-Level Psychology: Achieving Outstanding Results in Paper 1

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This excellent new course is designed for AQA A-Level Psychology teachers aiming to enhance their expertise in preparing students for success in Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology The course will delve into key strategies for understanding the exam structure, tackling various question types effectively, providing an intense, advanced, focus on deconstructing questions from paper 1 and deciphering example responses. There will also be a focus on pedagogy for paper 1, but most importantly on preparing students for the exam. This course will provide a focus on raising a grade B to a grade A/A* and how to do this with specific topics from paper 1. The course will include a section on exam tactics and techniques, with what examiners need to see and how to get your students to do this.


  • Gain a deep understanding of how to deliver topics from paper 1 with a focus and purpose to improve attainment
  • Increase the number of students with potential for the highest grades in this paper
  • Explore many topics from paper 1 with suggestions on how to maintain focus on the end attainment
  • Develop a teaching philosophy that is informed, targeted and effective, with proven strategies for teaching challenging content
  • Enhance your ability to guide students in effective exam preparation
  • Gain resources that you can take away for immediate use in the classroom


Examining the Components of Paper 1 and Embedding Effective Pedagogy

10.00 – 10.30am
  •  Examining the specific requirements of paper 1 – analysing the assessment objectives and their implications
  • Understanding the weighting and different sections in the exam
  • Identifying the key challenges in this paper and the key skills required for success
  • Reviewing the most recent exam – learning from previous mistakes
  • Developing smart and effective pedagogy that maximises attainment

Social Influence

10.30 – 11.10am
  • The benefits of a flipped learning methodology for Psychology Psychology
  • Using the Cornell method for improving retention of key information
  • Maximising deliberate practice and high order thinking time in lessons


11.10 – 11.30am


11.30 – 12.10pm
  • Tackling the problematic areas in Memory
  • Building student confidence in dealing with difficult topics
  • How Memory is likely to be examined
  • Past questions to inform your teaching


1.10 – 1.10pm


1.10 – 1.50pm
  • Lesson ideas for Attachment – integrating real-life examples and case studies for better comprehension
  • Developing teaching strategies for complex concepts
  • How Attachment is likely to be examined
  • Past questions to inform your teaching


1.50 – 2.30pm
  • Effective strategies to navigate tricky areas in psychopathology
  • Grappling with complex topics – ensure success with your cohort
  • Understanding the anticipated examination structure for psychopathology
  • Drawing insights from past examination questions to enhance your teaching methods

Ensuring Success in Extended Writing Questions

2.30 – 3.10pm
  • A look at sample responses and why they have been marked, how they have been marked
  • Developing an approach to marking that enables progression of all students
  • Marking task: a short, interactive session which involves marking sample responses
  • Good habits when marking extended writing questions

Afternoon Break

3.10 – 3.15pm

Effective Exam Preparation Strategies

3.15 – 3.45pm
  • Developing comprehensive revision plans for students
  • Implementing formative assessment strategies throughout the course
  • Exploring resources and tools for effective exam preparation
  • Addressing common pitfalls and challenges in the lead-up to the exam



London | Wednesday 20 March 2024
London | Monday 08 July 2024
London | Wednesday 20 March 2024
London | Monday 08 July 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.



  • Experienced AQA A-Level Psychology teachers
  • Teachers new to AQA A-Level Psychology
  • Heads of 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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