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Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour. The key aim of the A Level is to develop an understanding of psychological theories, research, terminology, concepts, approaches, methods and application.
Students will develop skills of critical analysis, interpretation and evaluation, as well as an understanding of different areas of psychology, including the core areas of cognitive, social, developmental and biological psychology along with individual differences and research methods.
The course covers an understanding of how to design and report on psychological investigations and analyse data. Students will also understand ethical issues in psychology, including the implications of psychological research.
How will I be assessed?
The course is 100% examination. There are three examinations worth 33.3% each. Each examination is 2 hours long and is worth 96 marks.
The examination asks pupils to answer multiple choice questions along with short and extended writing responses.
Section A – Social Influence
Section B – Memory
Section C – Attachment
Section A - Approaches in Psychology
Section B - Biopsychology
Section C – Research Methods in Psychology
Section A – Issues and debates in Psychology
Section B – Relationships/Gender/Cognition and development
Section C – Schizophrenia/Eating behaviours/Stress
What is the name of the examination board?
AQA – 7182