ABOUT THIS COURSE
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.
BENEFITS OF ATTENDING
- 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
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|IN-SCHOOL||You can also book this as an In-School Course|
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
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
- 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
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 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.