AS/A Level Psychology

Students will study the AQA Psychology specification.  The AS and A-level specifications have
been designed to cover the core areas of psychology and be fully co-teachable within the first year of study to allow students to switch between AS and A-level during the first year if they wish. These qualifications offer an engaging and effective introduction to psychology. Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by Higher Education (HE) and employers,
including critical analysis, independent thinking and research.

Assessment
These qualifications are linear. Linear means that students will sit all the AS exams at the end of their AS course and all the A-level exams at the end of their A-level course.

Compulsory content (AS/A level)
Students study social influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology, Approaches in psychology, Biopsychology, Research methods, Issues and debates in psychology

Optional Content (A level)
Option 1: Relationships, Gender, Cognition and development
Option 2: Schizophrenia, Eating behaviour, Stress
Option 3: Aggression, Forensic psychology, Addiction.

Written exams:
Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology
AS: 1 hour 30 minutes - 72 marks in total - 50% of AS
A level: 2 hours - 96 marks in total - 33.3% of A-level

Paper 2: Psychology in Context
AS: 1 hour 30 minutes - 72 marks in total - 50% of AS
A level: 2 hours - 96 marks in total - 33.3% of A-level

Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology
A level: 2 hours - 96 marks in total - 33.3% of A-level

At least 10% of the overall assessment of psychology will contain mathematical skills equivalent to Level 2 or above.
At least 25–30% of the overall assessment will assess skills, knowledge and understanding in relation to research methods.

Progression
The course will appeal to a cross-section of students, regardless of whether they have studied the subject before. It builds on skills developed in the sciences and humanities, and enables progression into a wide range of other subjects.