St Mary's Catholic College, Wallasey

St Mary's Catholic College
Wallasey

A Level Psychology

A level psychology is suitable for students who are interested in understanding the complexities of human behaviour. E.g. why do people have phobias? What causes OCD? Why do we obey orders? Why do we follow the crowd? What is schizophrenia? How does our memory work? What makes a person aggressive?

Psychology will offer you a unique academic experience. Psychology gives you an opportunity to learn, understand and evaluate issues happening around you in your everyday life which could then be applied to the wider world. It is not just a factual subject but enables reflection on one's own experience.

Lessons will offer different learning opportunities with teachers who are enthusiastic about the subject, with written work conducted alongside discussion, group work, paired work and psychology practicals. There is no coursework in Psychology, but we do a lot of exam practice to make sure that you are fully prepared for the exams.

In A/S and A level Psychology, qualifications are linear. Linear means that you 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.

What will I be learning?

Exam Board: AQA

Course Codes: AS Level - 7181  A Level - 7182

AS Level

Paper 1

Introductory Topics in Psychology

Content:

Social Influence Memory Attachment

Assessment:

1 hour 30 min Written Exam

72 marks

50% of AS Level

Questions:

3 compulsory sections all requiring written answers

Paper 2

Psychology in Context

Content:

Approaches in Psychology Biopsychology Psychopathology Research Methods

Assessment:

1 hour 30 min Written Exam

72 marks

50% of AS Level

Questions:

3 compulsory sections all requiring written answers

A Level

Paper 1

Introductory Topics in Psychology

Content:

Social Influence Memory Attachment Psychopathology

Assessment:

2 hour Written Exam

96 marks

33.3% of A Level

Questions:

4 compulsory sections all requiring written answers

Paper 2

Psychology in Context

Content:

Approaches in Psychology Biopsychology Research Methods

Assessment:

2 hour Written Exam

96 marks

33.3% of A Level

Questions:

3 compulsory sections all requiring written answers

Paper 3

Issues and options in Psychology

Content:

Issues & Debates in psychology - Gender, Schizophrenia and Aggression

Assessment:

2 hour Written Exam

96 marks

33.3% of A Level

Questions:

1 compulsory section, 3 sections each offering a choice of 3 topics.  Students will  answer the above topics.