This course is designed for all teachers of AQA Psychology who are teaching the new specification. It will outline the most up to date guidance in how to teach the second year of the new GCSE.

We will look at how delegates have approached teaching the new specification in their classrooms and will go through the best ways to deliver the new content. The course will address the main changes and how we will need to adapt current teaching and assessment practices to ensure all students succeed in the new specification.

The sessions will give you the opportunity to take away concrete proven strategies, so you can return to your classrooms with the ideas, skills and confidence to prepare for teaching the new specification.


  • Develop proven approaches to outstanding teaching in the new GCSE
  • Understand the new role of the assessment objectives in essays and how to prepare students for tackling them
  • Understand and interpret the new mark schemes and how these can be implemented in your teaching
  • Learn how to adapt your teaching for student success
COURSE DATES London Monday 24 June 2019
London Tuesday 29 October 2019
  • Current teachers of GCSE AQA Psychology
  • Teachers delivering the new specification from 2017
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 – 10.20am
Teaching the Specification 

  • A review of year one – issues and solutions
  • How to score full marks on the multiple choice questions

10.20 – 11.30am
Planning and best preparation for Paper one

  • Outstanding teaching for memory, perception, how we develop and research methods
  • Effective ways to teach the difference between Gregory and Gibson’s theories of perception
  • How best to teach factors effecting conformity and obedience

11.30 – 11.45am
Discussion: coffee break

11.45 – 1.00pm
Planning and best preparation for Paper two

  • Proven strategies for teaching social influence, language, brain and neuropsychology and psychological problems
  • How to prepare students to answer the 9 mark essay type questions
  • Understanding the mark schemes for your own assessments

1.00 – 2.00pm
Lunch and informal discussion

2.00 – 3.00pm
Research Methods

  • Using practicals to teach research methods in the classroom
  • Investigative activities that work
  • Highlighting the importance of research methods in evaluation of content

3.00 – 3.15pm
Discussion: afternoon tea

3.15 – 3.45pm
Active learning strategies for the classroom

  • Exemplar activities to use to teach tricky concepts and ideas
  • Fun ways to teach theories and different types of memory

Ali Abbas

Ali is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Educational Assessors (FCIEA) and has recently had his textbook published by Hodder. He was a Principal Examiner with 13 years experience in writing Psychology exam papers and awarding grades for a major exam board. Ali is a regular speaker at Educational Conferences and has been providing INSET to schools and colleges nationally since 2003.

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