This course is designed for teachers of Pearson Edexcel 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
  • Practical ideas to ensure coherent, relevant and logically structured answers for essay questions
  • 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 Pearson Edexcel 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 – 11.15am
How are Grades 7 – 9 Achieved in the Pearson Psychology Exams?

  • Understanding what is required to achieve grades 7-9 with Pearson
  • Topics that were answered well and areas for development
  • Interpreting and analysing mark schemes to sample student answers
  • Using the examiners’ reports to further future success
  • How to demonstrates thorough AO1; sustained linkage and logical connections throughout their A02 and logical chains within their A03

11.15 – 11.30am
Discussion: coffee break

11.30 – 12.30pm
Get your top students to achieve top marks on Paper One

  • Breaking down the exam question to see what’s required
  • Developing student answers on Memory, Psychological Problems and Social Influence
  • Scoring full marks on the short 1-4-mark questions
  • Stimulus response scenarios and how to tackle them
  • Getting your top students to hit the top band every time in the final two 9 markers
  • Explore answers at Grades 7, 8 and 9 – what examiners saw as the key differentiators

12.30 – 1.30pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.30pm
Achieving top marks on Paper Two (options)

  • Effective strategies for Criminal, Self, Perception, Sleep and Language options
  • How to reach the top band for the 12-mark research methods essay
  • Scoring full marks on the mathematical questions – get each decimal point right!
  • Getting the critical balance between A01; A02 and A03 assessment objectives to ensure the top mark

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

  • How to maximise marks on the different research methods questions
  • Enhancing problem solving and calculations skills to help analyse and interpret scientific ideas and evidence
  • Teaching approaches for how to carry out psychological research
  • The links to topics 1 and 5 and pushing high ability students to see the Links

3.00 – 3.15pm
Discussion and afternoon tea

3.15 – 3.45pm
Exam techniques: top marks for your top students

  • How to be synoptic when drawing on at least two different areas of psychology
  • Effective techniques for application questions
  • How to help students avoid pure ‘describe’ approaches and draw effective conclusions in order to hit the top level

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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