This updated course is designed for teachers of OCR GCSE Psychology who are looking for the latest approaches and methods to ensure their top students achieve Grades 7-9. The sessions will give you the opportunity to take away concrete ideas, so you can return to your classrooms with the ideas, skills and confidence to fully prepare your high achieving students to get these new top grades. The day will provide guidance in incorporating stretch and challenge activities for students with very high target grades within mixed ability classes, independent tasks and preparation for the new examinations.


By the end of the course delegates will have:

  • Increased their understanding of strategies to boost exam performance towards achieving grades 7-9
  • Understood how to support their top end students construct and develop a sustained line of reasoning essential for grades 7-9 on the new specification
  • Practical ideas to ensure coherent, relevant and logically structured answers for essay questions
  • Enhanced strategies to help their students balance knowledge, skills and understanding across both papers to achieve grades 7-9
COURSE DATE Online | Monday 29 November 2021

Online | Friday 18 March 2021

  • Teachers of A level Psychology
  • Heads of Department
  • Heads of Social Science
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 11.15am: Getting ready for the 2021/22 year with feedback from the OCR GCSE exams

  • The key features of the first year’s performance in the OCR exams
  • Understanding what is required to achieve grades 7-9 with OCR
  • How to Demonstrate, Apply and Analyse effectively to get the top 7-9 grades
  • How to develop critical thinking skills, making judgements and reaching conclusions

11.15 11.30am: Discussion: coffee break

11.30 12.45pm: Hitting Grades 7-9 on Paper One

  • The key strengths and weaknesses of able student responses on Criminal Psychology, Development and Psychological Problems
  • A checklist to help you design an investigation
  • How to maximise marks using research methods
  • How to help high ability students carry out effective practicals that boost final results
  • Stimulus response scenarios and how to tackle them to reach the top bands
  • Getting your top students to hit the top band every time in the 13-mark question

12.45 – 1.45pm: Lunch and informal discussion

1.45 – 2.45pm: Hitting Grades 7-9 on Paper Two

  • Examine high level student responses to Social Influence, Memory, Sleep and Dreaming
  • Techniques to develop student performance on the novel source question in Research Methods
  • Scoring full marks on the mathematical questions – get each decimal point right!
  • Getting the critical balance between A01; A02 and A03 assessment objectives to ensure the top mark
  • Getting your top students to hit the top band every time in the 13-mark question

2.45 – 3.00pm Discussion: afternoon tea

3.00 – 3.30pm: The Synoptic Assessment – making the right connections

  • How to make substantiated judgements in the synoptic essays to hit top A03
  • Ensuring students can develop a well-developed line of reasoning which is clear and logically structured to hit top A01

3.30 – 3.45pm: Advanced Exam techniques for Grades 7-9

  • The key characteristics of performance at Grades 7-9 in OCR Psychology
  • What differentiates between the grades and getting your students to work to that

3.45pm: Finish

Rosie Hussain

Rosie Hussain is a highly experienced and innovative classroom practitioner, with over 20 years in leading departments and delivering high quality T&L training. She is currently Head of Psychology as well as leading Research and development in a secondary school and sixth form college. As an AQA A Level Examiner and member of the Chartered College of teaching she prides herself in providing high impact evidence-based practice in order to improve Teaching & learning in education.