New for July 2019, this course will take you through the most important aspects of delivering AQA A level Psychology. It will explore the baseline knowledge, understanding and skills students should start the course with from their GCSEs (even if they have not studied psychology before) and how to sequence the AQA specification in order to enable learners to cumulatively develop knowledge and skills. Strategies to make useful connections to prior learning, different subjects and a range of psychology topic areas will be shared, as well as tips on using the spaced learning method to develop deep understanding of research methods and scientific processes over time.

Delegates will be taken through worked examples of student work from across the grade range for a range of topic areas so that understanding of different attainment levels is acquired. The course will explore methods to deliver the most challenging areas (including inferential statistics, issues and debates and biopsychology) and develop extended writing. It will also focus on how to differentiate psychology teaching in order to meet the needs of learners so that all can access the content and make good progress..


  • Gain understanding of what work from the across the grade range looks like, with examples to use in your classroom
  • Develop your ability to deliver the most challenging areas, including inferential statistics and biopsychology
  • Take away a range of strategies to differentiate psychology teaching so that your classroom challenges and engages every student
  • Develop understanding of effective psychology curriculum design and create a curriculum map
  • Obtain a range of connection and activation strategies to embed links into your teaching
  • Gain insight into spaced learning and strategies and resources to use this method to deliver the research methods, scientific processes and inferential statistics topics
  • Explore a toolkit of electronic strategies and resources to immediately deliver aspects of a range of topic areas from all three papers
COURSE DATES London Tuesday 29 October 2019
  • New teachers of AQA A level Psychology
  • Experienced teachers delivering AQA A level Psychology for the first time
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 – 11.00am
Effective A level Psychology Curriculum Design

  • Why is curriculum design important even at Key Stage 5? Links to Ofsted 2019 framework.
  • Connecting and activating psychological knowledge and skills and skill-sets
  • Baseline: What do psychology students already know and what can they do?
  • Sequencing topics within the wider teaching of A Level Psychology
  • Embedding retrieval practice in order to increase learners’ progress

11.00 – 11.15am
Discussion: coffee break

11.15 – 12.15pm
Prioritising weighting; planning and delivering research methods, scientific processes and inferential statistics

  • Integrating research methods, scientific processes and mathematical requirements throughout the two year course
  • Using spaced learning and retrieval practice to maintain progress and ensure students are where they should be in Years 12 and 13
  • Resources and practical strategies to deliver research methods, scientific processes and inferential statistics in order to boost learner attainment
  • Differentiating delivery of research methods, scientific processes and inferential statistics
  • Analyse marking and worked assessment examples to confirm what makes for higher quality responses

12.15 – 1.15pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.15 – 1.45pm
Application and Analysis skill development for top marks

  • Integrating skills teaching with content to improve students’ wider understanding
  • Building Application and Analytical/Interpretative/Evaluative skills across the linear course with conceptual understanding

1.45 – 2.45pm
AQA A Level Psychology Teaching and Learning Toolkit

  • Innovative resources to deliver topic areas: Magpie
  • Resources, strategies and tips to deliver the most difficult topic areas, including biopsychology and issues and debates
  • Why these are challenging and how you can plan your course to teach them at the most appropriate points

2.45 – 3.30pm
Assessing the AQA A Level Psychology course

  • Responsive teaching: embedding formative assessment throughout the Psychology curriculum
  • Reliable assessment: standardisation, moderation and worked examples from across the topic areas

3.30 – 3.45pm
Moving forward with Action planning

Emma Shakespeare

Emma has been teaching and achieving consistently Sig+ outcomes in Psychology at both GCSE and A Level for over 10 years. She is currently Assistant Headteacher in charge of School Improvement at The McAuley Catholic High School. A BPS Chartered teaching and Research Psychologist and Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) for a Teaching School Alliance, Emma delivers CPD in her own school, local authority and has previously delivered on behalf of the ATP and NSLC. She is an enthusiastic presenter who loves developing new resources and has previous experience as an examiner for AQA.

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