This course offers an introduction and overview to teaching the AQA A-level Psychology programme of study for anyone in their first 3 years of teaching the course, or for anyone lacking confidence in delivering the course effectively. While assessment materials will be drawn from the AQA course, many of the ideas will be applicable to other specifications.


  • Provide teachers of A-level Psychology the material and confidence to teach effectively to all ability ranges
  • Obtain exceptional understanding of the key challenge areas and how to teach them
  • Gain insight into the content, the exam structure and the how exams are marked.
  • Leave with a set of resources and scheme of work for the full 2 year course
  • Understanding of how to differentiate using scaffold and stretch strategies for essay writing
LOCATION & DATE:  Online | Tuesday 25 January 2022

Online | Wednesday 27 April 2022

Online | Monday 27 June 2022

  • NQT’s in Psychology
  • Teachers just entering their second year of teaching A level Psychology
  • Teachers lacking in confidence in the qualification may also benefit
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • 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


10.00 – 10.30am: Overview of the AQA A-level Psychology course including challenges and what to expect from pupils

  • Ensuring students and teachers hit the ground running in September – introducing the scheme of work and baseline assessment
  • Recognising which areas will be most challenging for you and how to address these issues
  • Identifying your support network and making the most of it – particularly in a small department or single teacher department.
  • Ensuring topic areas which create the foundation for success – incorporating them into every lesson.

10.30am – 10.45 Coffee break

10.45 – 12.00 How to effectively teach Biopsychology

  • Planning for success, teaching methodologies and using retrieval practise to boost student performance
  • Structuring the learning through tailored booklets, and use of exam questions and model answers to highlight success criteria and expected standards to students.
  • Designing formative assessment and feedback through focussed starters and plenaries into your teaching
  • How to use assessment, to identify success and areas for development to track student progress in relation to the AQA AO criteria
  • Methodologies that boost student attainment: how to improve students by one grade, targeting top grades (A-A*).
  • Teaching Biopsychology to a mixed ability range of pupils.
  • Exam questions and model answers, looking at what success looks like, and marking to the AQA specification

12.05 – 12.45 Key ideas for teaching the content knowledge from Paper 1

  • Pitfalls and easy wins when teaching Social Influence, Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology
  • Teaching for success; how to support students to remember key concepts and begin to apply them – interleaving and retrieval strategies
  • Teaching across the ability range; how to ensure top students are challenged, while not leaving lower ability students behind.
  • Lessons from the examboards and how to implement them in the classroom.

12.45pm – 1.45pm: Lunch and informal discussion

1.45pm – 2.45pm: Research methods

  • Introduction to teaching research methods at A-level
  • Interleaving topic or specialist focus, a discussion of how to incorporate into the curricululm and implication for how it effects teaching of other content
  • Resources and examples of what works in teaching research methods, how and when to use practicals.
  • Exam focus on tricky question; how to help students use and describe statistics

2.45pm – 2.55pm: Afternoon break

2.55pm – 3.30pm Planning and structuring

  • Curriculum issues – Intent, Implementation and assessing Impact
  • Milestones for success, what should students have mastered by the end of year 12
  • Assessment time tables, when, what and how and how to balance this with whole school assessment schedules
  • Time management – how to plan so that you can mark efficiently and effectively; use of peer assessment

3.30 –  4.00pm: The exams – what is expected

  • Overview of all three papers by AQA, what are they looking for?
  • Teaching towards the ’endgame’, what language to use, ensure you are marking ‘like the examiner’ and secure grading
  • Focus on essay structure in exams, how to pick up easy marks, and what top grade responses look like

4.00pm: Depart


Jean-Marc Lawton

Jean-Marc Lawton has taught Psychology for over 30 years and has a long history of producing high-attaining and well-motivated students. Jean-Marc has written many best-selling books on the subject and bases his own teaching around practically based learning experiences and the development of student responses to exam-type questions. Jean-Marc has also many years experience working as an examiner in senior positions for several exam boards and so is able to impart valuable guidance on how to [and how not to] write exam answers