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Psychology

Staff
Mr Roger Reid (Teacher of Psychology)   


Psychology is the study of human behaviours using scientific methods to both analyse and explain different human behaviours.  It has recently been reclassified by the QCA (Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency) as a science subject. The course is full of case studies, theories and going in depth about certain behaviours.


AS outline
At AS, candidates develop a broad knowledge and understanding of the core areas of psychology through a range of topics, chosen for their accessibility and popularity:

  • PSYA1 – Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Research Methods
  • PSYA2 – Biological Psychology, Social Psychology and Individual Differences.

    A2 outline
    At A2, the specification offers a range of topic-based options which bring together explanations from different psychological approaches and engage students in issues and debates in psychology:
    • PSYA3 – Topics in Psychology
    • PSYA4 – Psychopathology, Psychology in Action and Research Methods. 


    AS Examinations
    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 in which QWC will be assessed 
    • Available January and June

    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 in which QWC will be assessed
    • Available January and June

    A2 Examinations
    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) Perception
                 (c) Relationships 
                 (d) Aggression
                 (e) Eating behaviour 
                 (f) Gender
                 (g) Intelligence and learning
                 (h) Cognition and development
    • QWC will be assessed in each essay.  
    • Available January and June

    Unit 4 – PSYA4
    Psychopathology, Psychology in Action and Research Methods
    • 25% of the total A Level marks 2 hours
    • Three sections Psychopathology: One essay-style question chosen from three
    • QWC will be assessed in this essay
    • Psychology in Action: One question chosen from three
    • Research Methods: One compulsory structured question
    • Available January and June


    Useful websites:

     https://www.loopa.co.uk

    http://www.psychexchange.co.uk/

    http://bps-research-digest.blogspot.co.uk/2009/01/resources-for-level-teachers-and.html

    http://www.aqa.org.uk/qualifications/a-level/science/psychology-a.php

    http://psychology.about.com/

    http://www.schoolpsychology.net/

     

     


     

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