The aim of this NEW AQA examination board specific A Level Psychology conference is to provide students with practical, engaging and motivating preparation day for their upcoming examinations


Students will hear from leading and well known A level Psychology experts, examiners, and authors and will take away  top quality key guidance, advice, tips, techniques and revision focus points to give best possible preparation for examination success.


  • Develop an understanding of what examiners are looking for in top level responses to shorter-answer and application questions
  • Reinforce understanding of key topics
  • Develop an understanding of how to effectively answer 16 mark questions
  • Take part in activities to improve examination responses
  • Develop an understanding of how to interpret and answer research method questions
  • Take away a full set of conference notes, with examination tips and example answer


IN-SCHOOL You can also book sections of this conference as an in-school conference
  • A Revision set of notes for all students

10:25 – 10:35am: Welcome & Introductions


10.35 – 11.20am: Tackling the challenging topics in Paper 1: Social Influence

  • A critical look at obedience to authority and its status within contemporary social psychology
  • Minority influence – how and when does it work? A look at contemporary research in this area to add substance to your exam answers
  • Social influence and social change – harnessing your social psychology to answer questions in this area
  • Implications and applications of these topics to make your exam answers stand out, including their relevance to the world in which we live

11:20 – 11:50am: Examiner workshop on Paper 1

11:20 – 11:50 am: Paper 1: Attachment and Psychopathology

  • Explanations of attachment: learning theory and Bowlby’s monotropic theory. The concepts of a critical period and an internal working mode
  • Definitions of abnormality, including deviation from social norms, failure to function adequately, statistical infrequency and deviation from ideal mental health
  • Examine as a group what differentiates top from lower level responses
  • Explore the skills that gain the highest marks, including the importance of short answer questions to the final grade
  • Quick-fire exercise on how to pick out key aspects of questions, followed by a comparison task to see what examiners are looking for


11.50 – 12.10pm: Break – submit your questions on Psychology to our expert panel


12.10 – 12.30pm: Successfully answering 16 mark questions

  • Strategies and techniques to answer the 16 mark questions well
  • What examiners are looking for in the best responses
  • Developing high level responses to the 16 mark questions


12.30 – 13.10pm: Lunch

13.10 – 13.20pm: Ask the expert


14.20 – 14.00pm: Paper 2: Dealing effectively with Approaches and Biopsychology           

  • Utilising learning approaches, the cognitive approach, the biological approach, the psychodynamic approach and humanistic psychology effectively
  • Biological rhythms: circadian, infradian and ultradian and the difference between these rhythms. The effect of endogenous pacemakers and exogenous zeitgebers on the sleep/wake cycle
  • Group activity to improve examination responses
  • Exam questions, and question types – what the examiner is looking for in this section to attain top level answers

14.00 – 14.30pm: Paper 2: answering Research Methods questions effectively in examinations

  • Gain expert insight with examples of what really gets the highest marks
  • Helping students to interpret the questions and produce concise answers
  • Strengthen student responses by examining common errors made by Psychology students on this Paper
  • Student marking exercise on example answers


14.30 – 14:45pm: Interview: the current gender debate and how Psychology is responding to it

Chair – Mike Cardwell

  • How changing concepts of gender are affecting social behaviour and Psychological research
  • A unique opportunity to ask questions on how a contemporary topic that can be utilised in research and exam answers


14:45 – 15:15pm: Paper 3 – Issues and Debates in Psychology

  • Expert advice on how to plan and structure answers for this paper – short answer, application, selection and essay questions
  • Review examples of exam answers to improve student responses
  • An opportunity to learn what examiners are looking for


15:15 – 15:20pm: Final Top Tips and close

  • Extra tips on excellent revision ideas, including using the specification
  • Action plan – what to do after today to get the highest grades

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 practical learning experiences and the development of student responses to exam-type questions. Jean-Marc has 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



Mike Cardwell

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