Curriculum Area: Social Studies - Psychology

Curriculum Leader: Mrs D Black

Year 12 | Year 13

Year 12 – This is the first year of the GCE qualification in AQA A Psychology. Over the duration of the course students will complete two units of study for AS. Grades from AS and A2 units will be combined to give students their overall A-Level qualification.

Unit 1: Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Research Methods (External examination 50% of AS Qualification and 25% of Complete A-Level qualification)

Unit 2: Biological Psychology, Social Psychology and Individual Differences (External examination 50% of AS Qualification and 25% of Complete A-Level qualification)

Please refer to the information below for details of the course content for this school year. You will also find information in each section relating to the assessments that will take place during each term. Please contact me at school if you require additional information.

September –January: Unit 1- Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Research Methods

 

Assessment- Students are taught all areas outlined above with Research Methods taught alongside the other content. Students sit an external examination where they are required to answer all questions. All students will take end of topic tests and will be assessed using previous exam questions and will be graded against the examination grade boundaries for this unit.

Students will take their examination in this Unit at the end of the academic year in May. Opportunities to resit are available in May of Year 13 after the A2 course of study.

February-May: Unit 2-Biological Psychology, Social Psychology and Individual Differences

 

 

Assessment- Students sit an external examination and will be expected to answer three compulsory structured questions, one based on the Biological Psychology content, one based on the Social Psychology content and one based on the Individual Differences content. All students will take end of topic tests on each area they are taught. Students will be assessed using previous exam questions and will be graded against the examination grade boundaries for this unit.

Students will take their examination in this Unit at the end of the academic year in May. Opportunities to resit are available in May of Year 13 after the A2 course of study.

 

Year 13

This is the second year of the GCE qualification in AQA A Psychology. Over the duration of the course students will complete two units of study for A2. Grades from AS and A2 units will be combined to give students their overall A-Level qualification.

Unit 3: Topics in Psychology (External examination 50% of A2 Qualification and 25% of Complete A-Level qualification)

Unit 4: Psychopathology, Psychology in Action and Research Methods (External examination 50% of A2 Qualification and 25% of Complete A-Level qualification)

Please refer to the information below for details of the course content for this school year. You will also find information in each section relating to the assessments that will take place during each term. Please contact me at school if you require additional information.

September-January: Unit 3-Topics in Psychology

 

Assessment- Students sit an external examination and will be required to answer essay style questions on three of the areas outlined above in the exam. All students will take end of topic tests on each area they are taught. Students will be assessed using previous exam questions and will be graded against the examination grade boundaries for this unit.

Students will take their examination in this Unit at the end of the academic year in May. There will be no opportunity to resit this examination.

February-May: Unit 4-Psychopathology, Psychology in Action and Research Methods

 Psychopathology - Schizophrenia, depression, phobic disorders and obsessive compulsive disorders

 

Assessment- This unit will be split into two sections (Psychopathology and Psychology in Action) with Research Methods taught alongside both. Students sit an external examination which is divided into three sections with students choosing one essay style question out of three for Psychopathology, one out of three for Psychology in Action and then answering a compulsory structured question on Research Methods. All students will take end of topic tests on each area they are taught. Students will be assessed using previous exam questions and will be graded against the examination grade boundaries for this unit.

Students will take their examination in this Unit at the end of the academic year in May. There will be no opportunity to resit this examination.