This course has been designed for newly qualified teachers or those who are teaching AQA AS or A Level for the first time. You will be taken through everything you need to know from structuring the course; teaching the topics and understanding the assessment demands. The course assumes little prior knowledge from delegates and will offer practical and readily applicable guidance and strategies to use straight away.


  • Learn how to plan and structure an outstanding course
  • Explore exam issues so you are fully prepared to teach the course
  • Exemplar student responses to understand the mark scheme
  • Take away teaching approaches for the AS and A Level content


“Thank-you, very useful! Great for networking and excellent course leader. Practical strategies were most useful.” – Portsmouth High School, Wednesday 16th November 2016


COURSE DATES London, Monday 19 June 2017
London, Thursday 19 October 2017
WHO FOR?  NQT AQA AS/A Level psychology teachers
Those teaching the subject for the first time
Teachers in their first few years of teaching AQA A Level
IN-SCHOOL You can also book this as an In-School Course
Detailed notes On-line materials
Powerpoint presentations CPD Certificate
 High quality training facilities Sit-down buffet lunch



10.00 – 11.00am: Introduction to the new AQA Psychology AS/A specification

  • Review of the AS specification
  • Co-teachability of AS/A Level and unpicking ‘the grey areas’
  • Structuring your course to hit the Assessment Objectives
  • Teaching mini practicals
  • Planning schemes of work

11.00 – 12.20pm: Teaching AS and First Year Psychology Topics

  • Unpicking the content within Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology, Research Methods, Approaches in Psychology and Bio- Psychology
  • Possible approaches to teach the content
  • How to teach students to handle the mathematical elements

with a coffee break at 11.30am


12.20 – 1.00pm: The AS exam

  • Analysing the AOs and the marking criteria
  • Marking workshop with example student responses
  • Different question types, common mistakes and strategies for improvement

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch


2.00 – 3.00pm: Teaching the Second Year A Level topics

  • The ‘grey areas’- extra first year A Level content which is not covered at AS – when to teach them and some possible solutions
  • Research Methods: the requirements for year 2
  • How to make the right decisions about which options to choose

3.00 – 3.30pm: The A Level Exam

  • The exam requirements: how will the paper be assessed?
  • Marking guidance and advice for the new year 2 material
  • Marking activity with example student responses
  • The question types and how to prepare students for longer answer responses

3.30 – 3.45pm: Final Top Tips

Jean-Marc Lawton

Jean-Marc Lawton is an experienced Senior A Level examiner and has over 20 years experience of teaching A Level psychology. He has also worked as a Head of Psychology in a large Sixth Form College in south west England. He is a prolific author of text books and revision guides for A Level Psychology and makes regular contributions to Psychology Review.