KS5 Psychology

CONTACT

Head of Social Science Faculty Mrs J Edge jedge@lymmhigh.org.uk

Overview

This two year A level course provides an introduction to a range of areas of psychological interest. Students will learn how to conduct psychological research, using a variety of research methods.  The course also offers an insight into many current issues, giving you the chance to explore the contributions of Psychology to the real world, in fields such as Criminology. Students have the opportunity to learn how to analyse arguments and evidence, test hypotheses and make informed judgements – all skills valued by Higher Education institutions and employers.

Topics covered over the two years

  • Social influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology
  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Research methods
  • Issues and debates in Psychology
  • Gender
  • Schizophrenia
  • Forensic Psychology

Homework: Homework will take the form of exam questions, note taking and research tasks.  Such tasks are designed to enhance and consolidate the learning from lessons and to prepare students for University.

Assessment:

3 exams taken at the end of the two years.

Paper 1

  • Topics covered: Social influence; Memory; Attachment; Psychopathology
  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 96 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A-level
  • Questions:

            Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

            Section B: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

            Section C: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

            Section D: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

Paper 2

  • Topics covered: Approaches in Psychology; Bio Psychology; Research methods
  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 96 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A-level
  • Questions:

            Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

            Section B: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

            Section C: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

            Section D: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

Paper 3

  • Topics covered: Issues and debates in Psychology; Gender; Schizophrenia; Forensic Psychology
  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 96 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A-level
  • Questions:

            Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

            Section B: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

            Section C: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

            Section D: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

Other Useful Information

The AQA website is very useful for students as they access past papers and mark schemes.

www.aqa.org.uk

The BBC website is also useful for examples of psychology in the real world.  This is often used in lessons.

www.bbc.co.uk

Support is always on offer for students, either during lunch times or after school.  Revision sessions are put on nearer the examination time.

Ways I can help my child

Talk to your child about what they have been studying in school. Ask them to explain key concepts to you. Definitions are part of the formal assessment at A level, therefore discussing key terms develops their knowledge and understanding.

Read through work and their files.

Debate current issues and apply them to the topics studied.

Encourage them to be independent learners who read around the subject.

Talk to them about their progress and attainment.