This course will give guidance on how to teach the content of papers 1 and 2 for AS and A’ level AQA psychology. You will take away strategies to consolidate teaching in all topic areas, as well as effective activities to use in lessons.
In addition, you will get to grips with the assessment demands of the new specification through a marking workshop and an analysis of the mark schemes with links to the assessment objectives.


  • Developing teaching strategies to address the nature and demand of the new AQA AS/A’ level psychology specification
  • Deepening your understanding of the assessment objectives and mark schemes
  • Developing an understanding of how to consolidate approaches, issues and debates into paper 1 and 2 topics
  • Getting to grips with regular use of research methods in paper 1 and paper 2 topics
  • Learning how to integrate effective mini-practicals into teaching
  • Developing an understanding of all question types, common mistakes and strategies to maximise marks


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


COURSE DATE London, Tuesday 20 June 2017
WHO FOR?  Heads of Psychology
All teachers of AQA A level psychology
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 – 11.15am: – Examination of the new examination programme

  • Overview of paper 1 and 2 AS and A’ level topics
  • Exploration of the new assessment objectives and how they relate to the marking of assessment based work
  • Mathematical skills requirements in paper 1 and 2 topics

11.15 – 11.30am: Break


11.30 – 1.00pm: Teaching the topic areas of the new specification AS and A’ level

  • Exploration of topic areas of paper 1 and paper 2
  • Teaching approaches for paper 1 and 2 topic areas
  • Analysis of paper 1 and 2 examinations
  • Co-teachability of AS and A’ level students
  • Consolidation of approaches, issues and debates into teaching topics
  • Activities to consolidate teaching of paper 1 and 2 topics

1.00 – 2.00pm: Lunch


2.00 – 2.30pm: Research methods

  • How to use mini practicals to deliver research methods
  • Regular use of research methods in paper 1 and 2

2.30 – 3.15pm: Exam style questions, common problems and maximising success

  • Exploration of all exam question types, with examples
  • Identification of common problems
  • Strategies to maximise marks in all question types
  • Exploring all question types in all topics

3.15 – 3.45pm: Marking workshop with exemplar responses

  • Marking of answers to all question types
  • Feedback based on marking criteria and mark levels

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.