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A Level Psychology

Subject Leader: Mrs N Byrne
What specification (syllabus) is being taught?
AQA A level Psychology (7182)
General overview
Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour and is therefore directly relevant to your life. It is a fascinating subject as it seeks to understand why people behave as they do, and the complex workings of the human mind.
Who should take this course?
A Level Psychology involves studying a wide range of topics. There is a lot of information to absorb and, importantly, you will need to learn how to apply this knowledge. An important skill you will learn is how to evaluate conflicting theories about human behaviour. Engaging in practical psychological research will help you to improve your knowledge of the methods psychologists use.

Psychology combines well with most A Level courses. It is classified as a Science for
UCAS entry, but works well alongside any Humanities options. Psychology provides a
useful foundation for any career dealing with people. Students who have studied A
Level Psychology study for a diverse range of degrees including Psychology, Medicine,
Physiotherapy, Biomedical Sciences, Teaching and Sociology.
If all this sounds interesting then Psychology may be for you.
What are the entry requirements?
Students will not be expected to have studied Psychology at GCSE, but must satisfy the general entry requirements for A Level. Overall, at least 10% of the marks in assessments for Psychology will require the use of mathematical skills. 

Therefore students should be working at a level of at least a level 5 in GCSE Mathematics. A grade 5 in English is also required.
What are the key topics and themes? When will
they be taught?
Paper 1 Introductory
Topics in Psychology.

2 hour exam

Term 1 Year 1
Term 2 +3 year 1
Social Psychology

Paper 2
Psychology in Context

2 hour exam

Term 1 Year 1
Research Methods
January Mock
Term 2+3 Year 1
Approaches in Psychology

Paper 3
Options in Psychology

2 hour exam
Term 1 Year 2
Cognition and Development
Term 2 +3 year 2
Issues and Debates
How will students be assessed? 
When do these assessments take place?
As shown above the A level consists of 3 X 2 hour papers all of equal weighting.

Students also complete end of topic tests at the end of each unit ( around every 6
weeks over the year).

Question styles in Psychology vary and include multiple choice questions, labelling
diagrams, drawing graphs, designing your own study based on a scenario, short
answer and extended essay writing.

All key assessments are based on past exam questions and use official mark

We also have mock exams in January and after Easter in year 1 and 2
What can students do for revision at home? What materials are provided or available online?
Students are presented with a hard copy and digital version of the Psychology textbook which contains quizzes and extension activities. Each unit of work also has a teacher designed workbook.

Our Google Classroom has lesson resources posted online - so if students want to
revisit content previously studied in lessons it is easy to access

Here students can also find retrieval quizzes, information about revision conferences and summer schools, reading lists and recommended films to watch linked to our Psychology specification.

Useful websites
Past Papers AQA