The aim of this NEW AQA examination board specific A-level Psychology conference is to provide students with practical, engaging and motivating preparation day for their upcoming examinations.

Students will hear from leading and well known A level Psychology experts, examiners, and authors and will take away  top quality key guidance, advice, tips, techniques and revision focus points to give best possible preparation for examination success.


  • Develop greater understanding of what examiners are looking for in Grade A/A* responses
  • Reinforce your understanding of all the key topics
  • Find out from current examiners how to answer the 16 –mark questions well
  • Scrutinise differentiation examples of what makes an A and what makes an A*
  • Review examples of Paper 3 essays
  • Take part in a group activity to improve examination responses
  • Take away a full set of conference notes, with examination tips and example answers
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Conference


10:25 – 10:35am

Welcome and Introductions
Jean-Marc Lawton

10.35 – 11.20am
Paper 1: Tackling the challenging topics in Paper 1: Social Influence
Mike Cardwell

  • A critical look at obedience to authority and its status within contemporary social psychology
  • Minority influence – how and when does it work? A look at contemporary research in this area to add substance to your exam answers
  • Social influence and social change – harnessing your social psychology to answer questions in this area
  • Implications and applications of these topics to make your exam answers stand out, including their relevance to the world in which we live

11:20 – 11:50 am: Paper 1: Attachment and Psychopathology Jean-Marc Lawton

  • Explanations of attachment: learning theory and Bowlby’s monotropic theory. The concepts of a critical period and an internal working mode
  • Definitions of abnormality, including deviation from social norms, failure to function adequately, statistical infrequency and deviation from ideal mental health
  • 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 to see what examiners are looking for

11.50 – 12.10pm
Break –
submit your questions on Psychology to our expert panel

12.10 – 12.30pm
Successfully answering 16 mark questions Jean-Marc Lawton

  • Strategies and techniques to answer the 16 mark questions well
  • What examiners are looking for in the best responses
  • Developing high quality A and A* responses to the 16 mark questions

12.30 – 1.10pm

1:10 – 1:20pm
Ask the expert

1.20 – 2.00pm
Paper 2: Dealing effectively with Approaches and Biopsychology Karen Duffy

  • Utilising learning approaches, the cognitive approach, the biological approach, the psychodynamic approach and humanistic psychology effectively
  • Biological rhythms: circadian, infradian and ultradian and the difference between these rhythms. The effect of endogenous pacemakers and exogenous zeitgebers on the sleep/wake cycle
  • Group activity to improve examination responses
  • Exam questions, and question types – what the examiner is looking for in this section to attain A* – how to make sure that A* doesn’t slip down to an A or B

2.00 – 2.30 pm
Paper 2: answering Research Methods questions effectively in examinations
Karen Duffy

  • Gain expert insight with examples of what really gets the highest marks
  • Helping students to interpret the questions and produce concise answers
  • 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

2.30 – 2:45 pm:
Interview: the current gender debate and how Psychology is responding to it
Karen Duffy, Jean-Marc Lawton, chair – Mike Cardwell

  • How changing concepts of gender are affecting social behaviour and Psychological research
  • A unique opportunity to ask questions on how a contemporary topic that can be utilised in research and exam answers

2:45 –3:15pm
Paper 3: Issues and Debates in Psychology
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

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