This course focuses on methods by which student responses to the differing types of questions they will face in their A level examinations can be improved. All types of exam questions will be considered in terms of their requirements, common mistakes that students make when answering them and strategies to improve the quality of answers produced. Focus will be upon knowledge and understanding, as a means of producing higher-level answers, with consideration additionally given to strategies that can be employed by students of differing levels of capability.

Consideration will also be given to ways by which research methods can be delivered through practical means, in order to improve exam performance on questions based upon this element of the course. In addition, opportunity will be given for teachers to scrutinize exam-type responses using marking descriptors and levels. The course is up to the minute and will respond to any changes in the examination series.


  • Gaining an insight into the different forms of exam questions and their requirements
  • Developing an understanding of the reasons why students can under-perform when answering exam questions
  • Taking away easily applicable strategies that will enable students to produce better quality answers to all forms of exam questions
  • Exploring the use of teaching research methods through mini-practical’s
  • Gaining an insight into the marking of exam-type responses
  • Raise attainment of student performance across paper 1 and 2
COURSE DATES Online | Thursday 24 February 2022
  • Heads of department for delivery of AQA A’ level Psychology
  • Teachers of AQA A’ level Psychology
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
  • A specially prepared folder of detailed notes, practical advice and guidance
  • Notes prepared by the educational experts leading the course
  • Expert produced PowerPoint presentations
  • CPD Certificate of attendance


10.00-10.15am Discussion about changes and challenges in response to exam series

  • Changes to exam series and other impacts on preparing for paper 1 & 2 this year

10.15 –11.15 am: Dissecting the examination process

  • Requirements of the examinations
  • Grade boundaries
  • What we can learn from previous student performances
  • Considerations for improvements

11.15 – 11.30am: Break

11.30 – 12.45pm: A consideration of question types

  • An examination of the different types of exam questions and their requirements
  • Common mistakes students make when answering questions and why they make them
  • Exploring strategies to improve student performance on all types of questions [and for students of different levels of capability]
  • Focus on Paper One questions

12.45 – 1.45pm: Dinnertime

1.45 – 2.45pm: Requirements for Paper Two questions

  • Developing a greater knowledge and understanding of research methods through mini-practical’s
  • Creating more effective answers to questions based on research methods
  • Requirements for answering questions on other Paper Two topics

2.45 – 3.00pm: Break

3.00 – 3.45pm:   Marking workshop

  • The use of marking descriptors and levels in the assessment of student answers
  • Making marking decisions when assessing student answers
  • An opportunity [with feedback] to assess student responses to exam-type questions
  • Conclusions to take away

3.45 / 4.00pm: Depart

Jean-Marc Lawton

Jean-Marc Lawton has taught Psychology for over 30 years and has a long history of producing high-attaining and well-motivated students. Jean-Marc has written many best-selling books on the subject and bases his own teaching around practically based learning experiences and the development of student responses to exam-type questions. Jean-Marc has also many years experience working as an examiner in senior positions for several exam boards and so is able to impart valuable guidance on how to [and how not to] write exam answers