Exam Board: AQA
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of psychology, developing critical analysis, independent thinking and research skills.
The students sit two external examinations (each worth 50%) at the end of year 11. Both exams are 1 hour 45 minutes and are compiled from short and longer style exam questions.
Paper 1: Cognition and Behaviour
- Memory (What are the processes and structures of memory?)
- Perception (How do we percieve? What factors affect our perception?)
- Development (How does the brain develop? What are the effects of learning on development?)
- Research Methods (What is the experimental method? What are ethics in psychology?)
Paper 2: Social Context and Behaviour
- Social Influence (what is conformity? What is obedience?)
- Language, Thought and Communication (How are human and animal communication different? What is non-verbal communication?)
- The Brain and Neuropsychology (What is the brain like? What is neuropsychology?)
- Psychological Problems (What is depression/addiction? What causes depression/addiction?)
Assessment: 100% Examination
Exam Board: AQA
This course has been designed to provide a broad introduction to the scope and nature of psychology as a science, while including a large amount of topics from different psychological fields such as health psychology, biopsychology and developmental psychology.
The course is examined with students sitting three external examinations (each worth 33.3% of the A level) at the end of the second year. All exams are two hours and are compiled from short and longer style exam answers.
Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology
- Social Influence (Why people obey or conform, why others resist social influence)
- Memory (The two models of memory, why do we forget, factors affecting eye witness testimony)
- Attachment (Why attachment is necessary for later relationship, cultural variations of attachment)
- Psychopathology (Depression, phobia, OCD and their treatments)
Paper 2: Psychology in Context
- Approaches in Psychology (Biological, behavioural, psychodynamic, cognitive, humanisitic)
- Biopsychology (the nervous system)
- Research Methods (How to conduct and design a research, different types of methods used, ethical issues)
Paper 3: Issues and Opinions in Psychology
- Issues and Debates in Psychology (Is Psychology a science? Nature versus Nurture, Ethics)
- One Topic selected from the following list: Relationships, Gender, Cognition and Development
- One Topic selected from the following list: Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviours or Stress
- One Topic selected from the following list: Agression, Forensic Psychology, Addiction
Useful Website Links
Suggested Revision Guides and Books
- AQA GCSE psychology, second edition, Oxford university Press - ISBN: 978-0-19-841363-9
- AQA A Level Psychology revision guide, Cara Flanagan, Dave Berry, Michael Griffin, Rob Liddle: AQA A - ISBN: 978-1908682406
- AQA Psychology for GCSE: Revision guide C. Flanagan, D. Berry,R.Jones, M. Jones, R. Liddle ,Illuminate Publishing - ISBN: 978-1-91-120806-8
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