Curriculum

Psychology specification A introduces students to the broad range of Psychology topics. This A-level course culminates in three examinations at the end of year 2, there is no coursework. The emphasis is on applying knowledge and understanding, thereby developing students' transferable skills of analysis, evaluation and critical thinking.

Students will be able to demonstrate their ability to:

• draw together their skills, knowledge and understanding from across the full course of study

•provide extended responses.

 •develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other.

• develop and demonstrate a deep appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific methods.

• develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem-solving skills.

• develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject.

• understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.

 

AQA A A-level 2015 Psychology content

 

In the first year of A-level - Paper 1: Introduction Topics in Psychology.

The subject content will be - Social influence, Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology.

Questions -

Four compulsory sections all requiring written answers.

Paper 1 written exam: 2 hours, 96 marks in total, which is 33.3% of A-level

Questions -

Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

Section B: multiple choice, short answer an extended writing, 24 marks

Section C: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

Section D: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

 

First year of A-level Paper 2: Psychology in context.

Subject content - Approaches in psychology Biopsychology and Research methods

Questions -

Three compulsory sections all requiring written answers.

Paper 2 written exam: 2 hours 96 marks in total 33.3% of A-level

Questions -

Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

Section B: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

Section C: multiple choice, short answer an extended writing, 48 marks

Second year of A-Level

Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology

Subject Content - Issues and debates in psychology, Relationships, Stress and Aggression.

Questions -

Four compulsory sections all requiring written answers.

Paper 3 written exam: 2 hours, 96 marks in total, 33.3% of A-level.

Questions -

Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing,24 marks

Section B: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

Section C: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

Section D: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

Section C: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

 

Subject- Psychology

 

Qualification - GCSE (4180) AQA A

Who is the course for -

This course is for students who wish to learn about the study the mind and of behaviour of those around them. GCSE Psychology introduces students to the broad range of Psychology topics such as cognitive, developmental and biological approaches and provides a sound understanding of these approaches and methods at an introductory level. This specification should develop investigation and report writing skills. Build on analytical and critical thinking skills and encourages students to appreciate how science works.

What will I learn -

Unit 1 - Making Sense of Other People- Covers Memory, Non-verbal communication, Development of Personality, Stereotyping, Prejudice and Discrimination, Research methods, Methods of Investigation, Methods of Control, Data Analysis, Data Presentation and Ethical Considerations.

Unit 2 - Understanding Other People- Covers Learning, Social Influence, Sex and Gender, Aggression, Research Methods, Methods of Investigation, Methods of Control, Data Analysis, Data Presentation and Ethical Considerations.,

How will I be assessed -

Students will be assessed by two written exams at the end of the course, at the end of Year 11.

Unit 1 - Making sense of other people-Written paper – 1hr 30mins 80marks-50%

Unit 2 - Understanding other people-Written paper- 1hr 30mins- 80marks-50%

How can I progress with this qualification-

GCSE Psychology - A Level Psychology - University/ Employment in Health care or Business. Psychology can lead to specific careers in Industrial, Clinical, Educational or Forensic Psychology, counselling and therapy, but it is also a useful qualification to have if you are thinking of any career that involves dealing with people. An understanding of psychological procedures and principles would also be useful in careers such as teaching, health service related occupations, law (including police) and social work.

Psychology GCSE September 2017

What will I learn -

Paper 1

Cognition and behaviour

1. Memory

2. Perception

3. Development

4. Research methods

Paper 2

Social context and behaviour

1. Social influence

2. Language, thought and communication

3. Brain and neuropsychology

4. Psychological problems

How will I be assessed?

Psychology GSCE is linear so students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes for each paper.

100 marks in each paper

Each paper is 50% of GCSE

Questions - there are 4 sections in each paper worth 25marks with multiple choice, short answer and extended writing.

Students will be expected to draw on knowledge and understanding of the entire course of study to show a deeper understanding of these topics in both papers.