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Psychology is the scientific study of the brain and human behaviour. As part of your A level we cover several different areas of research such as cognitive and social psychology, research methods, relationships, biopsychology and psychopathologies.

You should have an interest in understanding the complexities of human behaviour, a critical mind-set and a desire to explore psychological research across a range of topics. A basic understanding of our physiology and statistical analysis will be useful as several topics focus on the body’s response and the significance of data collected from psychological research.

Supplies Needed:

You will need an A4 folder/s, lined paper, subject dividers, general stationary (pens, pencils), a calculator and a memory stick would be helpful.

Course Content:

Exam Paper

Exam Time

Total Marks

Paper 1 - Introductory Topics In Psychology (Exam):

  • Social Psychology (24 marks)
  • Cognitive Psychology (24 marks)
  • Developmental Psychology (24 marks)
  • Psychopathologies (24 marks)

2 hours

96 marks

Paper 2 - Psychology In Context (Exam)

  • Approaches In Psychology (24 marks)
  • Biopsychology (24 marks)
  • Research Methods (48 marks)

2 hours

96 marks

Paper 3 - Issues & Options In Psychology (Exam)

  • Relationships (24 marks)
  • Schizophrenia (24 marks)
  • Aggression (24 marks)
  • Issues & Debates (24 marks)

2 hours

96 marks

Core Textbooks:

  • Cardwell, M & Flanagan, C, (2015), The Complete Companions: AQA Psychology Year 1 and AS Student Book (Fourth Edition) (Complete Companion Psychology), Oxford Press
  • Cardwell, M (2016), The Complete Companion for AQA Psychology A Level: Year 2 Fourth Edition Student Book (Complete Companion Psychology) Paperback, Oxford Press

Suggested Further Reading

  • Bailey, J, Green, S, McGinley, R, Willerton, J, and Willson, J (2008) Psychology A AS Student Book Nelson Thornes
  • Berry et al (2015) AQA Psychology for A Level Year 1 & AS - Student Book, Illuminate Publishing
  • Cardwell, M, et al (2015), The Complete Companions: A Level Year 1 and AS Psychology: The Revision and Exam Companion for AQA, Oxford Press
  • Cardwell, M, et al, (2016), The Complete Companions: A Level Year 2 Psychology: The Revision and Exam Companion for AQA, Oxford Press
  • Eysenck, Michael  (2015), AQA Psychology: AS and A-level Year 1, Psychology Press
  • Flanagan, C, (2005), Research Methods for AQA A Psychology: An Activity-based Approach
  • Green, S & Lewis R, (2015),Oxford AQA Psychology: A Level: Year 1 and AS, Oxford Press
  • Gross, R (2003) Themes, Issues and Debates in Psychology (2nd edition) London: Hodder & StoughtonHolt, N, & Lewis, R (2015), Crown House AQA Psychology: A Level Year 1 and AS, Crown House Publishing
  • Jarvis, M & Russell, J (2008), Exploring Psychology for AS Level AQA 'A' - Student Book (Exploring Psychology), Folen Publishing Lawton, J-M & Willard, E (2015), AQA A-level Psychology Book 1, Hodder Education
  • Lawton, J-M & Willard, E (2015), AQA A-level Psychology Book 1, Hodder Education
  • Willson, J, et al, (2008) AQA Psychology A AS: Student's Book (AQA AS Level)

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