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The 2018 reports on the examination described excellent use of statistics as the gateway to high marks on A level Psychology.  Combined with the crucial area of research methods, successful analysis, evaluation and application of these skills are vital to succeeding in A level Psychology, but are challenging areas for a significant number of students.

This course, will provide new teaching approaches, ideas and resources which ensure that students of all abilities gain a real grasp of these skills and are able to utilise them fully in their examinations, leading to better results in their final A level Psychology examinations.


  • Enhanced teaching approaches to these key areas for success in A level Psychology
  • Develop strategies for improving students’ statistical understanding and analysis
  • Review how students can strengthen their usage of research methods under exam conditions
  • Take away resources and materials to use immediately to support revision
COURSE DATE London | Friday 12 June 2020
  • All 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 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 – 11.00pm
Where and why students struggle on statistics and research methods

  • Reviewing the feedback from 2019 examiner reports: how the highest and lowest attaining students performed in statistics and research methods
  • Where did they succeed and fail, what differences did it make: key points for teachers and students to focus on for 2020 and beyond
  • Specific issues within the teaching of the course where students struggle – understanding and planning for the challenge areas

11.00 – 11. 20pm

11.20 – 12.30pm
Improving Statistical and Research Skills

  • Maths Anxiety: teaching approaches to support students in understanding and working with mathematics
  • Strategies to help students improve their statistics skills and produce better Psychology
  • Using real life research examples effectively to improve understanding and application of research methodology
  • Linking your teaching methods to the question types – the different questions students face and how to overcome resistance
  • Embedding practical research in your teaching

12.45 – 1.45pm

1.45 – 2.10pm
Working with students to help them gain high marks

  • Approaches to ensure students are able to analyse and evaluate to a high level
  • Effective application of research methodologies – what are examiners looking for at A and A* level
  • How students can avoid making mistakes that prevent them from gaining high final marks

2.10 – 2.40pm
Monitoring and Assessing Progress

  • How to ensure that students’ understanding of statistics and research skills are progressing in line with national standards
  • Task setting to promote high level application and evaluation skills
  • Tracking and expectations to ensure students maximise their potential

2.40 – 3.30pm
Preparing your students for the 2020 statistics and research exam      questions

  • Reviewing the different question types: ways to approach each type, what is required for excellent answers
  • Marking exercise, using model answers on different questions
  • Example questions: how students should approach them and the different quality of responses
  • How to raise achievement – meeting the key challenges of the papers
  • Helping students to cope with using their knowledge in unexpected contexts

Final discussion and questions

Helen Kitching

Helen Kitching has 20 years’ experience teaching Psychology, and is an expert on research methods.  She is a current author  and was an adviser to the exam boards for the recent specification redevelopments. Helen is also a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological society.

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