In this fully updated course, we will look at lessons learned from the 2019 Edexcel A-level Psychology exams with a focus on the need to demonstrate logical chains of reasoning, balanced conclusions and competing arguments in the longer essays.

It will focus on what outstanding achievement looks like in terms of assessment objectives from the specification. The course will outline the most up to date guidance in how to teach and prepare students for the full two year course.

The day will focus on the 4 topic areas that make up the Foundations of Psychology; Social, Cognitive,  Biological Psychology and Learning Theories and will look at the content across Paper 2 (Applications of Psychology) and Paper 3 (Psychological Skills).   Delegates will have the chance to share good practice, ideas and strategies from their current teaching of the new specification.

The sessions will give you the opportunity to take away concrete strategies, so that you can return to your classrooms with the ideas, skills and confidence to prepare for teaching.


  • Discuss lessons learnt from the 2019 A level exams and how to use them well
  • Develop your approaches to teaching the A Level to produce outstanding student achievement
  • Enhance your understanding of applying the assessment objectives in your planning
  • Engage with and interpret the mark schemes
  • Learn how to adapt your teaching for student success
  • Understand examiner insight and teaching ideas to raise student attainment
COURSE DATE Online | Monday 22 June 2020
  • All teachers of Edexcel A level Psychology
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
Lessons to learn from the 2019 exams

  • Using the key messages from the examiners’ reports 2019 to help adapt your teaching
  • Getting to grips with ‘logical chains of reasoning ‘, balanced conclusions and ‘competing arguments’ to avoid losing marks
  • How candidates can meet the requirements for the stimulus type questions

10.30 – 11.30pm
Paper 1:
Foundations of Psychology

  • Addressing the number of 8 mark questions and problems with writing too much
  • Application of scenarios – where and why students struggle to do this well
  • Popular Practicals, key questions and how these are assessed by examiners
  • Issues and Debates – effective teaching strategies and exam assessment preparation

11.30 -11.45pm
Coffee break and informal discussion

11.45 – 12.45pm
Paper 2 Applications of Psychology

  • Clinical Psychology – how to get to Level 5 on the compulsory 20 mark essay
  • Maximising marks on the Criminal, Health and Child options
  • Avoiding generic responses and getting the highest marks
  • Model answers and marking exercise with feedback

12.45 – 1.45pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 3.00pm
The Synoptic Paper 3:  Psychological Skills

  • Addressing the 3 sections; Research methods, Classic studies and Issues and Debates using existing knowledge from throughout your course
  • Comparing the classic studies such as Sherif and Rosenhan in terms of given criteria
  • Techniques for being synoptic with unseen material
  • Model answers and marking exercise with feedback

3.00 – 3.45pm
Assessment – What are the examiners looking for

  • How to score big on the E.A.T. essays (Evaluate /Assess /To what extent)
  • Forming judgements and making mini conclusions throughout answers

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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