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Overview of the Subject

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.


Paper 1

Section A – Social Influence

Section B – Memory

Section C – Attachment


Paper 2

Section A - Approaches in Psychology

Section B - Biopsychology

Section C – Research Methods in Psychology


Paper 3

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


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