This BRAND NEW course is aimed specifically at paper 3 content and will focus on key challenging topics that are trickier to teach and which students traditionally struggle with.

It will focus on what outstanding achievement looks like in terms of assessment objectives from the specification. The course will outline the most up to date guidance in how to teach and prepare students for the 2022 Paper 3 exam.

The day will focus on the 3 topic areas that make up this Psychology Skills paper; Review of Methods; Review of Studies and Issues and Debates.  Delegates will have the chance to share good practice, ideas and strategies from their current teaching.

Delegates will be sent out some exemplar exam responses for to mark before the course and then to review these during the day with feedback. These will help teachers calibrate their own marking to examiner standard.


  • Discuss lessons learnt from the previous Paper 3 A level exams and ensure similar mistakes are not made by your students
  • Develop an understanding of how to score highly on all three sections of the Paper3 exam
  • Enhance your understanding of applying the assessment objectives in your planning
  • Engage with and interpret the mark schemes for Paper 3
  • Understand examiner insight and teaching ideas to raise student attainment for the Paper 3 exam
COURSE DATES Online | Friday 25 February 2022

Online | Monday 30 June 2022

  • All teachers of Edexcel A level 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


10.00 – 10.15am Discussion about changes and challenges

  • Changes to exam series and other impacts on preparing for paper 3 this year

10.15 – 11.15am: Paper 3 The Key challenges – Lessons to learn from previous exams

  • Using the key messages from the examiners reports to help adapt your teaching in particular getting to grips with ‘logical chains of reasoning ‘, balanced conclusions and ‘competing arguments’ as these are still misunderstood by some centres
  • The A02 challenge- How candidates can meet the requirements for the frequent stimulus type questions and how to give fully contextualised answers related to the novel scenarios given in the questions

11.15 -11.30 Coffee break

11.30 – 12.30pm: Paper 3 – Review of Methods section

  • Understanding how methods questions on Paper 3 differ to those on Paper 1 and Paper 2 so as not to duplicate responses
  • How to write identify and most importantly justify appropriate conclusions to unseen data given rather than just summarise it
  • How to suggest improvements for research in novel scenarios and contextualise answers rather than just give generic responses

12.30 – 1.30pm: Lunch and informal discussion

1.30 – 2.30pm: Paper 3 – Review of Issues and Debates section

  • Understanding what is required within each of the 11 issues and debates as this is sometimes misunderstood by candidates
  • Focus on top mark band requirements by using real candidates’ scripts from the 2019 Issues and Debates section and avoid common faults and mistakes from previous answers candidates have given
  • Look at some possible brand new 20-mark essays on Issues and Debates and how to address these

2.30 -2.45pm Coffee break

2.45 – 3.45pm Paper 3 – Review of Studies section

  • How to compare the 5 studies from the classic study section in terms of a given set criteria
  • Reviewing the 5 classic studies in terms of issues and debates
  • How to prepare best for the unseen stimulus / novel scenario question

Ali Abbas

Ali is a regular speaker at Educational Conferences and has been providing INSET to schools and colleges nationally, and now internationally since 2003 and was a key speaker at the Visible Learning World Conference, Edinburgh 2019 and the Aspire Psychology Conference, Dubai 2019. Ali is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (FCIEA) and is a published author at A level and GCSE Psychology. He has taught for nearly 20 years and was a Principal Examiner with 13 years’ experience in writing Psychology exam papers and awarding grades for a major exam board, he was also part of the team that wrote the current A level specification