Please note, courses will be held online if they are not possible to run in venues.


This course offers an introduction and overview to teaching AQA A-level Psychology course to new teachers of Psychology and those transferring from other subjects.


  • Provide teachers of A-level Psychology the material and confidence to be able to teach the course to the right level
  • Obtain exceptional understanding of the key challenge areas and how to teach them
  • Gain insight into the content, the exam structure and the way the exams are marked
  • Takeaway a set of resources and scheme of work to take you through Year 12 and 13
  • Develop scaffolding for essay writing techniques that allows for differentiation
LOCATION & DATE:  London | Wednesday 24 June 2020
  • NQT’s in Psychology
  • Returning teachers of Psychology
  • Teachers of other subjects new to teaching Psychology
  • Heads of 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


10.00 – 10.30am
Overview of the AQA A-level Psychology course including challenges and what to expect from students

  • Ensuring students and teachers hit the ground running in September – introducing the scheme of work and baseline assessment
  • Recognising which areas will be most challenging for you and how to address these issues
  • Incorporating topic areas which create the foundation for success into every lesson.

10.30am – 10.45pm
Coffee break

10.45 – 12.00pm
Focus on pedagogy of teaching Biopsychology and Approaches

  • Methods that work to boost each student’s performance throughout the two year course.
  • Structured booklets, past-papers and model answers on how to answer 4 mark, 8 mark and 16 mark questions.
  • Strategies for students to achieve grade C through to A*.
  • Starter and plenary activities that work and constantly track students learning in Psychology
  • Boosting individual results by one grade, as well as top grades (A-A*).
  • Developing successful methods for teaching biopsychology to a mixed ability range of pupils.
  • Exam questions and model answers; marking efficiently and generating effective feedback

12.05 – 12.45pm
Focus on successful teaching of topics from Paper 1

  • Teaching the skills and standards for 4 mark, 8 mark and 16 mark questions, including examples of C, B, A and A* work
  • Starter and plenary activities to track and develop students’ learning for Paper 1
  • The topic focus in this section will be Social Influence, Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology
  • Planning for the key challenge areas for students in these topics
  • Using exam questions and model answers in your teaching – what to do and what not to do

12.45pm – 1.45pm
Lunch and informal discussion

1.45pm – 2.45pm
Research methods

  • Introduction to teaching research methods at A-level
  • Teaching it as a stand-alone section or embedded into the course – the benefits of each option
  • Resources and examples for teaching Research Methods
  • Exam focus on tricky question types and how to teach them

2.45pm – 2.55pm
Afternoon break

2.55pm – 3.30pm
Planning and structuring: embedding core concepts

  • Overview of full schemes of work
  • Planning the two years: where students should be and could be by the end of Year 12
  • Assessment embedded around school exams and classroom time
  • Marking and ways to manage your own time – discussion of the merits of peer assessment

3.30 –  4.00pm
The exams – what is expected

  • Overview of Paper 1, 2 and 3: questions, question types and where students succeed and struggle
  • Focus on what the examiner is looking for in terms of content and standard
  • Essay structure and ensuring students don’t drop simple marks


Louisa Rogers

Louisa has examined for both AQA and Edexcel at GCSE and A level and has taught in both the state and independent sector, with her current non-selective classes achieving an  A*-C pass rate of 82%. Her  focus on raising value added resulted in summer 2018 achieving 26% increase.