This course looks at what can be learned from the examiner findings from the 2018 exams which can inform your teaching and student attainment in AQA Psychology in the future. The course will touch upon a range of new and tried and tested specific strategies for the classroom and beyond to enhance the motivation, confidence and attainment of all students. The course will connect knowledge with ideas to improve independent learning and thinking skills to improve student engagement and overall success.


  • Experience a wide range of strategies so that all your students can be more successful during course and in the exams
  • Gain teaching and learning techniques which create strong thinking skills and subject understanding throughout the course
  • Learn methods that allow your lower attaining students approach exams with confidence
  • Obtain a full appreciation of the AQA standards and how to ensure that students are working to the correct levels throughout their A level Psychology course
COURSE DATES London Wednesday 27 February 2019
London Wednesday 19 June 2019
  • All teachers of AQA 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



10.05 – 11.00am
Feedback from the 2018 AQA examinations – an evaluation of exam performance at all levels

What are the differentiations between students in terms of exam grades?

  • An assessment of exam performance by students to identify requirements for different grades and what differentiates between the levels
  • Identifying key requirements for the AQA papers and how to ensure students meet them

11.00 – 11.45am
Improving responses to longer answer questions

Strategies to enhance student ability to create effective responses

  • An examination of the requirements needed for long answer questions – and how to get mid and lower level students to succeed
  • Teaching the crucial assessment skills successfully, including creating effective assessment content

What is required for effective responses

  • A step-by-step examination of the requirements for effective responses in AQA papers
  • Presentation of strategies to develop necessary skills for effective responses and how to help lower and mid ability students to strengthen their resilience
  • Common mistakes in long answer responses that limit achievement: teaching strategies to minimise errors in exam papers

11.45 – 12.00pm
Discussion: coffee break

12.00 – 12.45pm
Helping students to use IDA effectively in A level responses

How to effectively incorporates issues, debates and approaches into responses

  • The do’s and don’ts of utilising IDA content in A level responses
  • The four point rule of IDA usage for effective responses

12.45 – 1.45pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.45 – 3.00pm
An exploration of question types and strategies for effective performance

Different types of AQA Psychology A level questions

  • Identification of question types and how students need to approach them
  • Do’s and don’ts for effective performance on all question types
  • Improving performance on all question types [with worked examples]: how to do this throughout Years 12 and 13

Giving accurate feedback

  • The value of giving accurate feedback to students in assessing their level of attainment and formulating individual learning strategies

Marking workshop

  • An opportunity to mark examples of responses to all question types [with feedback given], including consideration of how to utilise these in your teaching

3.00 – 3.15pm
Summary and conclusion

  • Summarising the main conclusions from today and ideas for the future
  • Promoting and ensuring student progress to create excellent results
  • An opportunity to ask questions and promote further discussion

Jean-Marc Lawton

Jean-Marc is an experienced Senior A’ Level examiner and has over 20 years’ experience of teaching A’ Level psychology, including being Head of Psychology in a high performing Sixth Form College. He is a prolific author of text books and revision guides for A’ Level Psychology and is an accomplished deliverer of staff and student events.

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