This NEW conference, is designed in the light of the 2018 examinations. The revamped conference will focus on challenging areas, how to boost grades and how to meet the demands of the questions for examination success in 2019.

This NEW conference will provide students with a highly motivational revision day, at which they will hear presentations from leading Psychologists and be given top quality advice, guidance and examples which will assist in producing examination answers of the highest levels.

The conference is designed for students of all examination boards.


  • Exciting sessions including discussions and talks which will enhance exam answers
  • Ask questions and gain first hand advice and guidance from senior examiners and expert Psychologists
  • Gain enhanced and relevant understanding and knowledge of key areas of the specification
  • Engaging, interactive examiner workshops to improve student performance in the exams
  • Get a full set of conference notes, with examination tips and example answers
CONFERENCE DATES London Monday 25 February 2019 | Regent’s Salvation Army
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Manchester Monday 04 March 2019
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Conference


10.25 – 10.35am
Introduction and welcome: Jean-Marc Lawton

10.35 – 11.10am
Psychological theories of Obedience: Mike Cardwell

Our expert Psychologist explores the latest thinking on this area of the specification

  • Explore this aspect of Social Influence, looking at current examples and academic thinking
  • Examine the significance of Obedience on other aspects of Social Psychology
  • Gain ideas and views which can be used to make exam answers stand out

11.10 – 11.20am
Question and Answer session with the experts: Mike Cardwell, Jean-Marc Lawton

  • Ask Professor Cardwell questions on this topic

11.20 – 11.50am
Examiner advice session on Paper 1: Jean-Marc Lawton

  • Examine as a group what differentiates top from lower level responses
  • Explore the skills that gain the highest marks, including the importance of short answer questions to the final grade
  • Quick-fire exercise on how to pick out key aspects of questions, followed by a comparison task
  • Ask a leading psychologist and examiner about how reach the highest level

11.50 – 12.10pm

  • Submit your questions on Psychology to our expert panel

12.10 – 12.40pm
What makes an effective research programme in Psychology? Karen Duffy

Karen Duffy considers the latest thinking on research programmes

  • A fascinating look at issues of ethics, studies and use of results
  • Discover current areas of interest and concerns in Psychological research
  • Unique opportunity to ask an expert planning and using research

12.40 – 1.10pm

1.10 – 1.25pm
Ask the Experts: Mike Cardwell, Karen Duffy, Jean-Marc Lawton

  • The experts answer the questions submitted by the students, with a prize for the best

1.25 – 2.10pm
Paper 2: utilising knowledge of research methods effectively in examinations: Jean-Marc Lawton, Karen Duffy

  • Gain expert insight with examples of what really gets the highest marks
  • Strengthen student responses by examining common errors made by Psychology students on this Paper
  • Student marking exercise on example answers, examining answers at different mark levels to aid progression

2.10 – 2.20pm
Debate: Our experts discuss the current gender debate and how Psychology is responding to it: Karen Duffy, Jean-Marc Lawton

  • Join in as the experts discuss how this is affecting social behaviour and Psychological research
  • A unique opportunity to ask questions on a contemporary topic that can be utilised in research and exam answers
  • Includes links to Biopsychology

2.20 – 3.10pm
Paper 3: how to cover Psychological Issues and Debates effectively in answers: Jean-Marc Lawton, Karen Duffy

  • Expert advice on how to plan and structure answers for this paper – short answer, application, selection and essay questions
  • Review excellent examples of exam answers to improve student responses
  • An opportunity to question examiners on what they are really looking for

3.10 – 3.20pm
Final Top Tips and close: Jean-Marc Lawton

  • Extra tips on excellent revision ideas, including using the specification
  • Action plan – what to do after today to get the highest grades

Jean-Marc Lawton

Jean-Marc is an experienced Senior A’ Level examiner and has over 20 years’ experience of teaching A’ Level psychology, including being Head of Psychology in a high performing Sixth Form College. He is a prolific author of text books and revision guides for A’ Level Psychology and is an accomplished deliverer of staff and student events.

Mike Cardwell

Mike is Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology at Bath Spa University. He is a former Chief Examiner for Psychology A-level and is a widely published textbook author and experienced conference speaker.

Karen Duffy

Karen worked as a successful Head of Psychology and Social Science for 15 years before coming to lecture in Psychology and Social Science PGCE at MMU. She is a senior A-Level examiner, with over 20 years’ experience and is currently the Chair of the British Psychological Society (SCOPTE branch) dealing with issues in pre-tertiary Psychology. Karen was the HEI representative for the new A-level specification changes from 2015 and trains A-level Psychology teachers both nationally and internationally.

Students £25+VAT

One free teacher place for every 10 student places
Additional teachers £35+VAT
Individual teachers £80+VAT