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4th Annual A-Level Psychology Conference

01 December 2017 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
This event is free and open to everyone. Registration is required. See Pricing tab for more information.
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You know that motivating your students, ensuring their best in exams, and helping them relate their learning to real life can be a challenge.

You also know that success in exams is increasingly reliant on them applying their knowledge and having an in-depth understanding of research methods: a depth of understanding which really only comes from completing actual research.

AQA, OCR and Edexcel understand this and either require students to complete short pieces of research or recommend they do so, as preparation for their exams. 

The Northern Ireland Branch of The British Psychological Society (NIBPS), in partnership with the Psychology Departments of Ulster University, The Open University and Queens University Belfast would like to support you, and help encourage your students, by inviting them to complete a short piece of research and present it at a student conference tailored exclusively to AS and A2 students.

The aim of the conference is to provide students with an opportunity and a forum, which will showcase their skills, provide a heightened sense of what it is like to complete research, promote their work (which they may already be doing with you) and provide content for their UCAS applications. Students participating in the conference will get a “real feel” for what it is like to complete research, and as a result they will be better motivated and prepared, as they progress towards their exams. The conference is a practical way of delivering a significant part of your specification.

We are also running a competition on the day of the student conference, where two presentations will be selected to go forward to the Northern Ireland Branch Annual Conference one at AS level and one at A2 Level. In addition, the two presentations will have their abstracts published in the conference book, which could be significant in UCAS applications.

Please see the programme tab for further information.


The Great Hall,
Lanyon Building,
Queen’s University Belfast
University Rd,

Event Location: 

Structure of the day

The main focus of the day is the student presentations.

There will also be:

  • A Keynote Talk by a guest speaker specifically tailored to A Level students and their teachers.
  • Information on current research at QUB, The OU and UU.

By completing the research and presenting at the conference students will:

  • Have engaged with issues often asked about in exams:- they are thus better prepared for their exams.
  • Have an opportunity to look in depth at something which interests them.
  • Increase their understanding of the area they choose to research.
  • Be better motivated.
  • Have experiences for their UCAS application and subsequent interviews.
  • Benefit from sharing with their peers.
  • Develop their communication, teamwork, numeracy/literacy, and time management skills.

As a teacher you will benefit by:

  • Having a forum to showcase your students work. If your students are already completing practical work as part of their course then the conference will provide an additional incentive and a sense of reality to their work.
  • Having students who are more highly motivated and better prepared for their exams.
  • Having an opportunity to meet other A Level Psychology teachers.
  • Having a forum to provide evidence towards school policies such as Gifted and Talented, STEM, Literacy and Numeracy, Using ICT, etc.
  • Having evidence for ETI inspections for indicators such as careers related learning, active learning, STEM, student focused learning, etc.
  • Having a high profile event to promote your department at choices evening, in the press, etc, and which could also be used as the focus for a Psychology Club, or after school club.
  • Having evidence for PRSD targets if these include any of the above, subject promotion, etc.

If you are new to teaching A Level Psychology or would just like some ideas then you will find the internet a useful source of ideas. The ones listed below are a good starting point.

  • Friday 29 September 2017 - Final date for expression of interest to be received by BPS. Please send to Anne Kerr.
  • Sunday 5 November 2017 at midnight - Final date for abstracts to be received by BPS. The deadline for submission is midnight (see below for details).
  • Friday 1 December 2017 - Conference presentations. 

Every student presenting at the student conference will receive:

  • A certificate/medal of participation endorsed by NIBPS, The OU, QUB and UU.
  • A copy of the conference book containing all the abstracts of the presentations.
  • A goodie bag.

Every school presenting at the student conference will receive:

  • A group photo for PR. 
  • Publicity in NIBPS, The OU, QUB and UU literature.

On the day, two presentations will be selected to go forward to the NIBPS annual conference in March 2018 (one at AS level and the other at A2 level).

TO SUBMIT please click on the link below:

Submission deadline: Friday 10 November 2017 at 11am (extended)

PLEASE NOTE submission of an abstract does not reserve you a place at this event. Please book your place PRIOR to submitting your abstract by following the registration instructions below.

Presentation guidelines

The guidelines are being kept to a minimum, but to ensure consistency the following must be adhered to:

  • The number of teams a school can submit is unlimited.
  • Each team must consist of 2 - 4 students either all AS or all A2 in each group..
  • Each of the students must be studying AS or A2 Psychology

The time allocated to each presentation at the conference will be 15 minutes. This will be strictly adhered to, reflecting practice at professional conferences.

At the end of each presentation there will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

Handouts are permissible at the presentation.

The presentation can consist of PowerPoint slides, simple demos, etc. There will however be very little time to set up demonstrations, so please keep this in mind when preparing your presentation.

There are no restrictions on the topic chosen for the research but one suggestion would be to select something from the AS or A2 specification.

Abstract guidelines

The abstract must contain a maximum of 250 words and contain the following:

  • Aim(s) of the research
  • Details of participants and how they were selected
  • Brief details of the procedures, test used, etc.
  • Brief details of the main findings and conclusions.
  • Relevant evaluation points.

Marking guide for presentations on the day of the conference

The presentations will be evaluated both for the quality of the research reported and the quality of how it is presented.

We do hope you will be in a position to have some of your students present and look forward to welcoming you to our inaugural A Level Conference. For this first event we are inviting you to submit one team as we are running a single session day, please also hold a reserve team in case we are undersubscribed as per the guidance section above. You will be notified during the first week in November as to whether we need a second team from your school.

Additional requirements for all submissions:

Submissions must also include explicit confirmation that the convenor and authors/co-authors understanding and adherence to the Society’s Code of Ethics and Conduct. 

Submissions must also include formal confirmation of the ethics approval/exception granted to the research presented.

Further information

Authors of all material submitted must confirm adherence to the British Psychological Society’s Code of Ethics and Conduct.

For further information please click here

Registration information

Clicking on the register button will take you to the BPS online Shop - please sign in using your usual BPS membership number and password

 If you don't yet have an account or not a member, you can create an account via this link:

Once you have signed in, click on this event to register and you should be able to complete the form and add to basket.

If you have any queries regarding this event please contact Member Network Services, quoting 'BPSNI-4thConf-Dec17', at:

Alternatively telephone during office hours on +44 (0) 116 252 9515 stating the name and date of the event.


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