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Pearson Edexcel A-Level Psychology: Achieving Outstanding Results in Paper 2

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This excellent new course is designed for Pearson Edexcel A-Level Psychology teachers aiming to enhance their expertise in preparing students for success in Paper 2: Applications of 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 2, 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 2. 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 2 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 2 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 2 and Embedding Effective Pedagogy

10.00 – 10.30am
  • Examining the specific requirements of paper 2 – 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

Clinical Psychology

10.30 – 11.10am
  • Developing engaging teaching strategies for complex concepts in clinical psychology
  • Identifying, addressing and creating specific lesson ideas for challenging content
  • How clinical psychology is likely to be examined – the question types
  • Past questions to inform your teaching

Discussion: coffee break

11.10 – 11.30am

Criminological Psychology

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

Lunch and informal discussion

12.10 – 1.10pm

Child Psychology

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

Health Psychology

1.50 – 2.30pm
  • Effective strategies to navigate tricky areas in health psychology
  • Grappling with complex topics – ensure success with your cohort
  • Understanding the anticipated examination structure for health psychology
  • 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

Discussion: afternoon tea

3.10 – 3.15pm

Effective Exam Preparation Strategies

3.10 – 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 | Friday 22 March 2024
London | Tuesday 09 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.



Ali Abbas is a regular speaker at Educational Conferences and has been providing INSET to schools and colleges nationally, and now internationally since 2003 and was a key speaker at the Visible Learning World Conference, Edinburgh 2019 and the Aspire Psychology Conference, Dubai 2019. Ali is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (FCIEA) and is a published author at A level and GCSE Psychology.


  • Experienced Pearson Edexcel A-Level Psychology teachers
  • Teachers new to Pearson Edexcel 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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