This course is designed for all teachers of A Level Psychology especially those with candidates hoping to access top mark bands and are considering studying Psychology beyond A Level. Sessions will provide strategies to develop top A* skills from day one. You will also learn how to boost students’ confidence levels to move beyond the text book which is critical for the new specifications. There will be exemplar student responses to examine through the eyes of an examiner so you can understand exactly what examiners need to see and where students can go wrong. The course will also look at how to prepare students to become self-regulated, independent learners.


  • Increase awareness of what we should aim to achieve with our most able psychologists
  • Cultivating a growth mindset in your students
  • Develop effective teaching strategies to challenge most able students and achieve top grades
  • Learn how to develop academic self-efficacy, grit and resilience
  • Give students the key skills to apply their knowledge in a new and novel way
  • How to get students engaged with the exam criteria to understand what is needed in A* answers and where students often go wrong


“Thank-you, very useful! Great for networking and excellent course leader. Practical strategies were most useful.” – Portsmouth High School, Wednesday 16th November 2016


WHO FOR?  Heads of Psychology
Teachers of A level psychology
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
Detailed notes On-line materials
Powerpoint presentations CPD Certificate
 High quality training facilities Sit-down buffet lunch



10.00 – 11.00am: What should we expect from our most able psychologists?

  • What makes an A* student?
  • How to create a culture of independent learning in psychology
  • Teaching activities from active learning to research tasks
  • Exemplar answers showing expanded student learning

11.00 – 11.15am: Break


11.15 – 12.30pm: Techniques and Strategies to Challenge and Extend Able Learners in Psychology

  • Growth Mindset including the importance of effort in mastering psychology and the Power of Yet
  • Academic Self-Efficacy with a focus on practical ways to create an expectation of success
  • Effective teaching ideas that make all the difference in achieving A/A*

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch


1.30 – 2.30pm: What are examiners looking for at A*?

  • Working through A/A* responses and those that are not A/A*
  • Getting students engaged with exam criteria
  • How to give students the skills to handle novel scenario and application type questions
  • Candidate style answers and commentaries with a focus on developing high quality responses

2.30 – 2.45pm: Break


2.45 – 3.30 pm: Psychology beyond the A level specification

  • How to write an effective personal statement for Psychology
  • Preparing your students for university interviews and open days
  • How students can demonstrate wider experience in Psychology including national competitions, conferences and reading

3.30 – 3.45pm: Final Top Tips, questions, afternoon tea and depart

Jock McGinty

Jock McGinty is Head of Psychology and a Head of Sixth Form. He has taught Psychology for 15 years and is a senior A-level examiner. He is a consultant with the National Science Learning Centre organising and delivering Psychology CPD. A member of the Association for the Teaching of Psychology committee, he has delivered numerous CPD workshops at the ATP conference and contributes to Psychology Review and ATP Today publications. He holds an MSc in Teaching of Psychology and is interested in positive psychology, specifically the role of character strengths in student satisfaction and academic success.