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As and A Level Psychology (AQA)

  

Why choose AS and A-level Psychology

 

 

Exam Board: AQA

 

Course description: Psychology is a fascinating subject which deals with the mind and all of the very complex ways in which we perceive and learn about the world in which we live. Psychology is a scientific subject which examines memory, cognition, perception, motivation, emotions etc… in an attempt to understand how we behave in society. Recently, someone described Psychology as “the scientific study of behaviour”. Against this background, you can easily imagine the range of areas to which Psychology is relevant. For example, Psychology is closely related to the world of business, sport, education, social work, youth work, criminology etc… It is an excellent subject to study at A’Level, as an introduction to almost any degree you can possibly think of. Psychology is particularly well linked to subjects such as Sociology and English and there is enough flexibility in your Year 13 subject choices to slot Psychology into an interesting A’Level combination which would be looked upon favourably by the various universities when selecting successful candidates.

There is no need to have studied Psychology at GCSE in order to do well at A’Level because we cover all introductory aspects as we go along. However, it is absolutely necessary to have at least a “C” or above in GCSE Maths and English, because you will be required to write complex essays and reports as well as carrying out statistical analysis of results from research carried out by yourself and other more professional Psychologists! Above all, as your teacher, it is my intention that Psychology should be interesting, stimulating, enjoyable and a bit of fun for all concerned, including myself.

 

You will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by Higher Education (HE) and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research.

Retaining the most popular features of previous, market-leading qualifications, AQA have worked with teachers, HE and the British Psychological Society to produce clear, up-to-date and stimulating specifications.  AQA have built on the success of previous specifications by introducing some minor amendments that reflect advances and changes in the subject and provide a coherent and holistic programme of study.

 

 

Co-teachability of AS and A-level

The AS and A-level specifications have been designed to cover the core areas of psychology and be fully co-teachable within the first year of study. this

will also allow students to switch between AS and A-level during the first year if they wish.

 

 

AS Specification at a glance

These qualifications are linear. Linear means that students will sit all the AS exams at the end of their AS course and all the A-level exams at the end of their A-level course.

 

 

Subject content

1 Social influence

2 Memory

3 Attachment

4 Approaches in psychology

5 Psychopathology

6 Research methods

 

AS Examinations consist of 2 x 1 ½ hour examinations at the end of Year 13, each worth 50% of overall AS grade.

 

AS Psychology Teacher- Mrs U Doyle

 

12x 50minute lessons over the 2 week timetable

 

 

 

A-level Specification at a glance

 

Subject content

 

Compulsory content

 

1 Social influence

2 Memory

3 Attachment

4 Psychopathology

5 Approaches in psychology

6 Biopsychology

7 Research methods

8 Issues and debates in psychology

 

 

*Choose 1 topic from each section below

 

Option 1

9 Relationships

10 Gender

11 Cognition and development

 

 

Option 2

12 Schizophrenia

13 Eating behaviour

14 Stress

 

Option 3

15 Aggression

16 Forensic psychology

17 Addiction

 

 

AS Psychology (1 year)

 

Unit

Assessment

AS Paper 1

Introductory topics in Psychology:

Social Influence.

Memory.

Attachment.

1 ½ hour examination in May of year 13

50% AS Level

AS Paper 2

Psychology in Context:

Approaches in Psychology.

Psychopathology.

Research Methods.

1 ½ hour examination in May of year 13

50% AS Level

 

A Level Psychology (2 years)

 

Unit

Assessment

A Level Paper 1

Introductory topics in Psychology:

Social Influence

Memory.

Attachment.

Psychopathology.

 

2 hour examination in May/June of year 14

33.3% of A level

A Level Paper 2

Psychology in Context:

Approaches in Psychology.

Biopsychopathology.

Research Methods.

2 hour examination in May/June of year 14

33.3% of A level

A Level Paper 3

Issues and options in Psychology:

Relationships or Gender.

Schizophrenia.

Addictions.

2 hour examination in May/June of year 14

33.3% of A level

 

 

* Performance in AS Psychology does not contribute to A Level grade.

 

 

 

 

Assessment

A Level Examinations consist of 3 x 2 hour examinations at the end of Year 14, each worth 33% of overall A Level grade.

 

AQA assessments continue to employ a variety of familiar types of question such as multiple choice, short answer and extended writing/essays, which target the skills of knowledge and understanding, application and evaluation.

Students’ understanding of research methods, gained through classroom experience of practical psychology, will be assessed using the familiar scenario-based question style and research methods questions embedded in topics.

 

 

 

A Level Psychology Teacher- Mrs U Doyle

 

12x 50minute lessons over the 2 week timetable

 

 

 

 

Short Description

Psychology is a fascinating subject which deals with the mind and all of the very complex ways in which we perceive and learn about the world in which we live

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