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A Level Psychology (AQA Specification) resources made by a current Head of Department at an outstanding, high achieving school.

A Level Psychology (AQA Specification) resources made by a current Head of Department at an outstanding, high achieving school.
A Level Psychology Curriculum Map
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A Level Psychology Curriculum Map

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Psychology (AQA) Curriculum map - show students their learning journey. This one page - publisher document is easily editable so you can tailor it to your chosen paper 3 topics. I print this for my classroom and provide each student with a copy for their folder. I convert mine to PDF file for printing, so it neatly prints on 1 A4 page. A great resource to show intent, long term plan and curriculum content.
A Level Psychology knowledge organisers (AQA) - 11 topics (Revision and topic summaries)
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A Level Psychology knowledge organisers (AQA) - 11 topics (Revision and topic summaries)

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11 complete psychology knowledge organisers that cover the topics for all 3 exams. Condensed and structured in a clear and organised way - accessible and loved by students. Topics include: Attachment Memory Psychopathology Social influence Research methods Approaches Biopsychology Issues and debates Schizophrenia Aggression Cognition and development I have attached three editable versions for paper 3, for anyone doing different topics - so you can have a full set of knowledge organisers in the same format. Topics are reduced down to one A4 sheet. Perfect for retrieval practice activities and students revision.
Ethics in psychological research lesson: research methods
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Ethics in psychological research lesson: research methods

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A comprehensive pack of resources to successfully teach ‘ethical issues’ as part of research methods. I teach ethical issues first to my new year 12 students - as such this resource is designed to both teach content but also act as an icebreaker and opportunity to discuss a range of research (to help students understand what psychology is all about). If you do not start with research methods - the resources and lesson plan can be adapted easily and delivered in a shorter time period. I’ve developed this resource over a few years and it is always a hit with students and I find it to be a really effective way to start the course. **The following is included in this resource: ** Lesson plan - outline of how and when I use the activities PowerPoint 1 - for the first lesson - including a starter question to initiate some discussion. Ethic card task and student handout: I use this as an icebreaker but can also be used later on in the course to build in discussion and an understanding of ethics. Activity includes 12 studies - students only have 1 study each - the walk around the room and have to find all 12 studies (by talking to each other) and complete a worksheet alongside where they have to make 2 decisions: is this study ‘ethical/unethical’ and is this study ‘real/fake’ (they are actually all real studies and it leads to some great discussion about the range of research across psychology. Paired work task - ethics cards - focused questions that students have to research and answer and present back to the class. Link to my Kahoot quiz with questions based on the lesson materials PowerPoint 2: overview of the ethical issues Notes on what ethical issues are and the role of the British Psychological Society’s code of ethics. Cut and stick activity - creates all the notes needed on each ethical issue, including how ‘to deal with them’. Answers included! Group work activity - discussion scenarios (link to exam style questions - without them realising until after). Feedback provided on the PowerPoint.
Psychology Display: Wonder Wall
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Psychology Display: Wonder Wall

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Wonder Wall Psychology Display This is a firm favourite with my students. Display consists of 28 ‘did you know’ facts that all come from psychological research. Example ‘did you knows’ include: **Did you know **If you smile when you are in a bad mood, it will immediately improve your mood because the simple action of thinking about smiling and using the muscles is enough to trigger happy chemicals in your brain. Did you know When you remember a past event, you’re actually remembering the last time you remembered it. Did you know Research supports that even a small dose of power changes how a person’s brain operates and diminishes empathy. Can be used to create a colourful and interesting display board. Plain letter templates attached for the title - but I jazzed mine up by buying some wrapping paper from paperchase to make it prettier!
A Level Psychology (AQA) Essay Writing Booklet
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A Level Psychology (AQA) Essay Writing Booklet

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Essay Writing Skills in Psychology: Booklet (22 pages) I created this booklet to support my students with essay writing, designed to use across the 2 year course and covers guidance and activities linked to a range of essay questions. I designed it to use across the course, not all in one go. Lots of activities that I have adapted over time and work really effectively and helps students to develop effective essay writing skills. The booklet includes: A list of standard essay questions - that my students use throughout the 2 years to produce writing frames for as part of their revision process. I also use writing frames as a way to introduce essay writing as they require students to reorganise material and see how A01 and A03 points may link together (paragraph development). Command words Mark band criteria Types of essay questions - student task (identify the assessment objectives) 2 example Milgram essays to cover ‘outline and evaluate’ and ‘discuss’ questions. Advice on good writing practices: including structure, organisation and signposting Activity: How to demonstrate depth in your answer How to build an elaborated paragraph (example) Application essay task: colour coding activity Application essay activity: planning the assessment objectives Approaches comparison question activities. Using comparison as an A03 point activity List of example application essays for students to practice. *Answers for the
Statistical Tests: 19 page Workbook
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Statistical Tests: 19 page Workbook

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Statistical tests:** 19 page booklet**, year 2 research methods I produced this workbook to use with my students to provide many opportunities for them to practise the required skills for statistical testing, in a clear and structured way. I use this as I teach the topic but it would also work well as a revision booklet once you have taught the topic. For each of the statistical tests, the booklet provides students with the opportunity to recap ‘factors’ but also many example to work through and determine if a set of results are significant. These activities are structured in a way to prepare students to answer the exam questions effectively (ensuring they compare values correctly and provide additional information required in mark schemes such as if it was a one tailed or two tailed test and the value of N). I have found this booklet to be very effective in my lessons and have developed it over a few years - adding to it. Answer booklet also provided for all activities. The work book includes: 1.Introduction to statistical testing: Questions including significance levels. Choosing a statistical test: gap fill and levels of measurement matching activity and identify the level of measurement activity The rule of R activity - working out for which tests the calculated value needs to be equal to or more - or equal to or less - than the critical value. The sign test activities including a step by step example for students to have a go at. Wilcoxon: factors and are the results significant activities. Mann-Whitney: factors and are the results significant activities. The related t-test: factors and are the results significant activities. The unrelated t-test: factors and are the results significant activities. Pearson’s: factors and are the results significant activities. Spearman’s Rho: factors and are the results significant activities. Chi-squared: factors and are the results significant activities. Which statistical test activities - 7 scenarios for students to work through and identify the correct statistical test and then work out if the results are significant. Type 1 and Type 2: 2 exam style questions.
Psychology display: 28 Influential Psychologists
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Psychology display: 28 Influential Psychologists

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Influential Psychologists Display Display consists of 28 influential psychologists and includes: a picture of each psychologist, name (year of birth and death (if relevant), ‘did you know facts’ and a quote from each psychologist. Psychologists included: Wilhelm Wundt Ivan Pavlov Sigmund Freud John Watson Anna Freud Lev Vygotsky Jean Piaget Carl Rogers Theodore Adorno Konrad Lorenz B.F Skinner Harry Harlow John Bowlby Solomon Asch Marie Jahoda Abraham Maslow Mary Ainsworth Albert Ellis Aaron T. Beck Serge Moscovici Albert Bandura Stanley Milgram Philip Zimbardo Martin Seligman Elizabeth Loftus Cristina Maslach Renee Baillargeon Simon Baron-Cohen Example:Sigmund Freud. Did you know: • He was nominated for a Nobel prize 13 times (but never won). • He had therapy dogs: He was using animal companions to soothe anxious patients long before it was common. He sometimes allowed his Chow-Chow, Jofi, to sit in with his patients during appointments . • He was an Advocate and user of cocaine (before the harmful effects were discovered). “Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.” Can be used to create a colourful and interesting display board. Plain letter templates attached for the title - but I jazzed mine up by buying some wrapping paper from paperchase to make it prettier!
Year 2 Research Methods Booklet (AQA A Level Psychology)
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Year 2 Research Methods Booklet (AQA A Level Psychology)

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A complete, well structured and detailed information booklet for the Year 2 research methods topic (AQA A Level Psychology). All the information students needs to support them with the research methods year 2 content. All evaluation is in the ‘PEL’ structure: (point/evidence or example and link). 22 pages. Research Methods Content Analysis Case Studies Scientific Processes Reliability across all methods of investigation. Ways of assessing reliability: test-retest and inter-observer; improving reliability Types of validity cross all methods of investigation: face validity, concurrent validity, ecological validity, temporal validity. Assessment of validity. Improving validity Features of science: objectivity and the empirical method; replicability and falsifiability, theory construction and hypothesis testing; paradigms and paradigm shifts. Reporting psychological investigations. Sections of a scientific report: abstract, introduction, method, results, discussion and referencing Data Handling & Analysis Levels of measurement: nominal, ordinal and interval Content analysis and coding Thematic analysis Inferential Testing Type I and Type II errors Factor affecting the choice of statistical test, including level of measurement and experimental design When to use the following tests: Spearman’s rho, Pearson’s r, Wilcoxon, Mann-Whitney, related t-test, unrelated t-test and Chi-Squared test.
Research Methods Year 2 complete unit resources ( A Level Psychology)
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Research Methods Year 2 complete unit resources ( A Level Psychology)

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Everything you need to successfully teach Year 2 Research Methods: Scheme of work, knowledge booklet, PowerPoints for every lesson, engaging worksheets, exam links and activities that prepare students for the skills required to successfully answer challenging research methods exam questions. These resources are carefully designed to meet the demands of both the specification and examination style questions. All resources are organised into clear, easy to follow folders and an explanation of how I use them in a detailed scheme of work. These resources are complete topic resources for the Research Methods topic from Year 2 only of AQA Psychology A-Level specification. This resource includes: A scheme of work that explains the order and how I use the resources Knowledge booklet Research methods knowledge organiser (complete for year 1 and year 2) Statistical tests work book Full resources (booklets, worksheets, PowerPoints) for the following lessons (with a brief outline of what is included for each section): Case studies and content analysis: Independent work for students to complete prior to the lesson. This lesson includes hypotheses feedback, a case studies and content analysis quiz/test. Reliability: Experimental design recap with an exam link to counterbalancing (highlighting a common error made by students), true or false worksheet (based on independent work), structured PowerPoint covering every concept. Group work exam link activity. Validity: Structured PowerPoint covering validity, key term matching activity (worksheet), exam link ‘apply it’ questions with built in feedback and validity dominoes game. Features of science: A sequence of lessons that includes: Independent work activity, structured PowerPoint, apply is ‘replication’, detailed multiple-choice test covering all the features of science, A range of scaffolded application questions. The resources also include an ‘essay link question’ – an effective lesson planned as group work to build resilience and help students prepare for ‘unexpected’ challenging questions. Writing a psychological report: A sequence of lessons to develop the skills and cover all content. These lessons include: Clear and structured PowerPoints, multiple choice test (to test knowledge on all sections of a psychological report, range of structured teacher led practice questions with built in feedback. Activity on the importance of replication. How to write an abstract and how to reference (with exam question links). Statistical testing including the sign test: A highly structured and detailed sequence of lessons structured around a work booklet and clear PowerPoints to develop both knowledge and skills. Content analysis and thematic analysis: Detailed PowerPoint with exam question links (worksheets) Histograms: Powerpoint, selecting the correct graph and exam question link.
Statistical Testing: exam practise scenarios (application) - mini booklet
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Statistical Testing: exam practise scenarios (application) - mini booklet

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Do your students need confidence in applying their knowledge of statistical testing? I created this mini booklet that consists of 13 scenarios to help my students with this skill - the focus on providing practise: Selecting the correct statistical test (exam question scenarios) Justification for the chosen test. ** Answer booklet included. ** I print this as an A5 booklet and use across a series of lessons as a starter/plenary. I often save this for after the mock exams - as a way to revisit statistical testing with a focus on application skills. Great revision tool - or can be used alongside the teaching of statistical testing.
Year 1 Research Methods Booklet (AQA A Level Psychology)
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Year 1 Research Methods Booklet (AQA A Level Psychology)

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A complete, well structured and detailed information booklet for the Year 1 research methods topic (AQA A Level Psychology). Follows the specification in a clear and organised way. Mainly an information book with everything students need to know but there are some activities e.g. gap fills and matching activities. Resource includes two cut and stick activities (with answers) for experimental design and ethics. This booklet contains all the information students need to support them with the research methods year 1 content. All evaluation is in the ‘PEL’ structure: (point/evidence or example and link). 55 pages. This is the only resource my students make revision notes from to get them ready to apply their knowledge to novel scenarios (exam questions).
Comparison of approaches; sequence of lessons (3 lessons)
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Comparison of approaches; sequence of lessons (3 lessons)

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A sequence of lessons focused on both the knowledge and skills required to successfully answer ‘comparison essay questions’. The resources include: Detailed scheme of work with clear instructions PowerPoints Example answers Worksheets and activities Structured to build confidence and understanding of the requirements when comparing approaches.
The Nervous System: Year 1 biopsychology
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The Nervous System: Year 1 biopsychology

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A ‘test your knowledge’ resource and a copy of the answers. Useful as a plenary or a starter activity once you have taught the divisions of the nervous system. I use this immediately after but also again at a later date alongside knowledge organisers as a form of retrieval practice - that works really well. I also use the ‘test your knowledge’ sheets I create to have a bank of questions ready for Q&A to ensure retrieval practice is constant in my lessons. I have found that students retention of A01 knowledge has significantly improved since building this more in to my lessons.