New for June 2019, this course will take an evidenced-based approach to planning and delivering the paper 1 component of AQA A Level Psychology. It will explore how to sequence Paper 1 topic areas within the wider A Level curriculum in order to enable learners make useful connections, as well as how to embed aspects of the research methods and mathematical requirements so that learners can practice their ability to apply scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures. Delegates will experience strategies and review resources for the social influence, memory, attachment and psychopathology topic areas in order to maximise learners’ knowledge and skill progression, including deeper processing, collaborative learning and metacognitive activities. The course will also explore how to embed retrieval practice and summative assessment to ensure consistency of student performance across the Paper 1 topics.


  • Increase understanding of the difficulties students experience with Unit 1 topic areas and the common errors made in the Paper 1 exams using past examination materials
  • Take away an electronic toolkit of evidence-based strategies and activities that develop learners’ knowledge, application and evaluation skills
  • Gain new approaches for the delivery of the social influence, memory, attachment and psychopathology topic areas
  • Gain insight into effective revision strategies in order to support your students to achieve higher marks on Paper 1
  • Develop understanding of effective Psychology curriculum design and take away a curriculum plan for AQA Paper 1
COURSE DATES London Wednesday 19 June 2019
London Tuesday 26 November 2019
  • All teachers of AQA A level Psychology
  • Heads of Department for Psychology
  • Heads of Social Sciences
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 – 10.45am
Effective Psychology Curriculum Design for Paper

  • Why is curriculum design important? Links to Ofsted 2019 framework
  • Sequencing paper 1 topics within the wider A Level Psychology curriculum: Creating a paper 1 curriculum plan that ensures all students will succeed
  • Integrating research methods, scientific processes and mathematical requirements
  • Feedback from 2018 on the key areas in which students missed marks on AQA Paper 1 – and teaching ideas on how to avoid this

10.45 – 11.00am
Discussion: coffee break

11.00 – 12.15pm
Improving Student Performance on Social Influence

  • Sequencing the Social Influence topic area to cumulatively develop knowledge, understanding and skills
  • Strategies to teach the most difficult areas: Research investigating Vs explanations for conformity and obedience including the development of AO3 evaluation skills; resisting social influence
  • Developing AO2 application skills and exam technique, using social change as an example
  • Teaching ideas for ensuring students answer 16-mark questions well

12.15 – 1.00pm
Ensuring Strong Performance on Memory Topics

  • Where students struggle on Memory and why: lessons learned from 2018
  • Strategies to teach the most difficult areas: Working Memory Model and Theories of Forgetting
  • Applying the memory topic to improve learning and revision; analysing a student project to see how to improve answers

1.00 – 2.00pm
Lunch and informal discussion

2.00 – 2.45pm
The challenges and opportunities of Attachment

  • Strategies to teach the most difficult areas: Monotropy Vs Internal working model Vs Maternal deprivation
  • Investigating caregiver-infant interactions to develop AO3 skills
  • Moving students from general accounts to a specific focus in their answers on Attachment

2.45 – 3.30pm
Developing student confidence and understanding in Psychopathology

  • What do students expect to learn in Psychopathology and using that to our benefit as teachers
  • Strategies to teach the most difficult areas: explanations for OCD and the successful use of mathematical skills
  • Answering different question types well: planning multiple choice, short and long answer work into your teaching of Psychopathology

3.30 – 3.45pm
Action planning for successful results

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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