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AQA A-Level Psychology: Preparing Students for Exam Success in 2025 and Beyond

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This brand-new course for all teachers of AQA A Level Psychology will explore how you can turn the mistakes made in previous exam series into an opportunity for positive change moving forward, fully preparing your students for success in the year ahead and beyond. This interactive course will support and challenge teachers in equal measures. You will leave with a thorough overview of the main lessons to be learnt from previous examinations and a wide range of ideas, methods and approaches to prepare students to maximise their potential in the 2025 exams. Emphasis will be made on the demands of the exams that are not met as well as they could be, and the implications this has for your A-Level teaching and learning.


  • Understand the main lessons to be learnt from previous examinations
  • Gain an informed overview of key areas of concern
  • Learn new and innovative ways to deliver areas that target these areas of concern
  • Experience and try out novel pedagogy in the classroom
  • Produce a strategic approach to maximise student success in 2025 and beyond


The assessment demands for top grade outcomes in A-Level Psychology

10.00 – 10.45am
  • What are the barriers to attaining high grades from the most recent exam?
  • What is required to achieve a top band mark and how do we get there
  • The importance of planning – how can this be completed in the exam environment?



10.45 – 11.00am

Fresh and Innovative strategies for teaching Psychology

11.00 – 11.30pm
  • 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

Motivating and engaging low ability students

11.30 – 12.15pm
  • Understand the difference between low effort/low performance and high effort/low performance
  • Motivate low effort/low performance students by utilising alumni / careers aspirations in sport
  • Engage low effort/low performance students by actively stimulating cooperative learning strategies
  • Help high effort/low performance students improve performance by modelling the use of high impact study strategies which prioritise ‘thinking hard’
  • Provide unique memorisation strategies to help low ability students retain information

Strategies to promote retrieval, spacing and interleaving

12.15 – 1.00pm
  • Memory platforms – lesson starters that maximise retrieval, interleaving and synoptic links
  • Memory platform examples
  • Potential synoptic links between knowledge and skill acquisition
  • Planning for interleaving, spacing and retrieval to stretch and challenge
  • Spaced practice



1.00 – 2.00pm

Stretching and challenging your more able students

2.00 – 2.45pm
  • Coach your students on the advanced use of the Leitner System and spaced/repetition flashcard-based apps such as Anki and Quizlet
  • Encourage students to create effective study materials
  • Strategies to promote ‘high order thinking skills’ not ‘more of the same’
  • Analysing A* responses to increase opportunities for high grades


Afternoon Break

2.45 – 2.50pm

Unpicking the exam questions and developing top level AO evaluation skills

2.50 – 3.20pm
  • Examples of model answers for discussion
  • How to support students in developing AO application skills
  • Examining the balance of assessment objectives
  • Using the language of the exam/grade descriptors

Exam revision and technique

3.20 – 3.50pm
  • Separating common content and skills mistakes
  • Applying simple but highly effective exam technique strategies to ensure high performance
  • Teaching and Learning strategies to improve AO skills
  • Memory, practice and myelin – the foundation of high achievement
  • Look into the science underpinning deliberate practice revision techniques such as dual coding and interleaving





London | Wednesday 19 June 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.


Rosie Hussain (MBA in Senior Leadership in Education) is a highly experienced and innovative classroom practitioner, with over 20 years in leading departments and delivering high quality T&L training. She is currently Head of Psychology as well as leading Research and development in a secondary school and sixth form college. As an AQA A Level Examiner and member of the Chartered College of teaching she prides herself in providing high impact evidence-based practice in order to improve Teaching & learning in education.


  • Teachers of AQA A-Level Psychology
  • Heads of Department
  • Academic leads for Psychology
  • Prospective or new teachers of AQA A-Level 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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