This course is designed for teachers of AQA GCSE Psychology who are looking for ways to ensure their top students achieve the highest grades of 7-9.

You will leave with a range of practical methods and strategies that will enable you to meet the needs of your most able GCSE students and ultimately increase Grades 7 – 9 attainment.

Finally, we will look beyond GCSE to focus on preparing those students to continue studying psychology at A level.


  • Increase awareness of what teachers should aim to achieve with the most able GCSE psychology students
  • Gain the latest evidence –based practice that challenges Grades – 7 – 9 students
  • Develop greater understanding of what examiners are looking for in Grade 7 – 9 responses
  • Take away a range of innovative teaching ideas and approaches for your most able students
  • Teachers of AQA GCSE Psychology
  • Heads of Department
  • Heads of Social Science
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of 50+ pages full of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance
  • Two course restaurant lunch
  • Refreshments throughout the day
  • Guaranteed high quality venues


10.00 – 10.30am
Challenging our most able students

  • Understanding what is required to achieve Grades 7-9
  • What examiners saw and expected of high ability students – key points from the 2019 exams
  • How shall we challenge our most able GCSE students?

10.30 – 11.15am
How are 7 – 9 Grades Achieved?

  • Feedback: looking back at the summer exams. What went well? What should we be focusing on for 2020?
  • Developing technique on Memory, Perception and Development questions
  • Helping students to develop critical thinking skills, making judgements and reaching conclusions
  • Utilising synoptic assessment to enable students to show their ability in combining their skills, knowledge and understanding with breadth and depth of the subject
  • How to get your top end students to meet the demands of Grades 7-9

11.15 – 11.30am
Discussion: coffee break

11.30 – 12.30pm
How are Grades 7 – 9 Achieved on Paper 1?

  • Missing out on the Grades 7 – 9: common mistakes and key issues
  • Working through Grades 7 – 9 responses and those that are not Grades 7 – 9
  • Candidate style answers with a focus on developing high quality responses
  • Getting your top students to hit the top band every time in the 9 markers

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.30pm
Achieving Grades 7 to 9 on Paper 2

  • Examine what is needed to hit the top band on language, thought and communication; brain and neuropsychology questions
  • How to help students score highly on the mathematical questions
  • Getting the critical balance between A01, A02 and A03 to ensure top marks

2.30 – 3.00pm
Research Methods – where your top students will excel

  • Enhancing problem solving skills to help analyse and interpret scientific ideas and evidence
  • How to carry out effective practicals to help support understanding of research methods
  • Examining answers at 7, 8 and 9 to differentiate and use in the classroom

3.00 – 3.15pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.15 – 3.45pm
Differentiating for Grade 7 – 9 students

  • Differentiating for Grade 7-9 students in a mixed ability psychology class
  • Sustaining engagement and motivation over two years
  • Balancing exam technique and specification requirements whilst fostering a passion for psychology
  • Stopping Grade y7- 9 students slipping

Ali Abbas

Ali is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (FCIEA) and has recently had his textbook published by Hodder. He was a Principal Examiner with 13 years experience in writing Psychology exam papers and awarding grades for a major exam board. Ali is a regular speaker at Educational Conferences and has been providing INSET to schools and colleges nationally since 2003.

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