Course Overview

The following details apply to the new AQA Specification A – first exams 2016.

Psychology students follow the AQA Specification A and can take the course at AS level only in either year 12 or 13, or take the full A level course ie. AS followed by A Level, over two years.

The First Year Of The Course: AS Level

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology

  • Social influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment

Paper 2: Psychology in context

  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Psychopathology (abnormality)
  • Research Methods

The Second Year Of The Course: A Level

The A Level qualification is the second half of the ‘A’ level course. The full ‘A’ level qualification is achieved when the results of both the AS and A Level halves of the course are combined.

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology

  • Social influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology (abnormality)

Paper 2: Psychology in context

  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Research Methods
  • Issues & debates in Psychology

Paper 3: Issues and options in Psychology

Issues and debates in Psychology

Plus one from either:

Option 1

  • Relationships
  • Gender
  • Cognitive and development

Plus one from either:

Option 2

  • Schizophrenia
  • Eating behaviour (to include eating disorders)
  • Stress

Plus one from either:

Option 3

  • Aggression
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Addiction

Value Added & Monitoring

Psychology students are monitored for progress and attainment in accordance with the Associated Sixth Form Assessment System (ASAS).

All students are put in a ‘band’ which is related to their average GCSE score. This in turn is related to a target ‘A’ level grade. This grade is designed to give the students and their teachers a guide as to what grade they can expect to be aiming for.

Twice a year students are formally assessed and their progress discussed by their subject teachers and Senior Tutors before reports go home to parents. However, assessment is also ongoing throughout the terms and homeworks are regularly set and marked within the department.