Psychology

This course has been designed to provide a broad introduction to the scope and nature of psychology as a science. The emphasis is on applying knowledge and understanding rather than just acquiring knowledge, thereby developing students’ transferable skills of analysis, evaluation and critical thinking.

Teacher in charge:

Mr S Smyth

AS level AQA (A)

At AS, the specification offers a broad range of topics, with research methods in context.

Unit 1 – PSYA1

Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Research Methods

50% of the total AS marks, 25% of the total A2 marks

1 hour 30 minutes

Structured compulsory questions based on Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Research Methods.

Questions include short answer, stimulus material and one 12-mark question requiring extended writing.

Unit 2 – PSYA2

Biological Psychology, Social Psychology and Individual Differences

50% of the total AS marks, 25% of the total A2 marks

1 hour 30 minutes

Three compulsory structured questions, one based on the Biological Psychology content, one based on the Social Psychology content and one based on the Individual Differences content.

Questions include short answer, stimulus material and one or more 12-mark questions requiring extended writing.

A2 Level AQA (A)

At A2, there is a range of topic-based options which bring together explanations from different approaches and engage students in issues and debates in contemporary psychology.

Unit 3 – PSYA3

Topics in Psychology

25% of the total A Level marks

1 hour 30 minutes

Three essay-style questions chosen from eight topics:

(a)  Biological rhythms and sleep 

(b)  Relationships 

(c)  Eating behaviour

Unit 4 – PSYA4

Psychopathology, Psychology in Action and Research Methods

25% of the total A Level marks

2 hours

Three sections

(a) Psychopathology:  One essay-style question chosen from three.

(b) Psychology in Action: One question chosen from three.

(c) Research Methods:  One compulsory structured question.