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Psychology

Minimum Entry Criteria

Desired: 7 in Maths, English Language and Biology

Essential: 6 in Maths, English Language and Biology (Students who achieve a 5 on a Mathematics foundation paper can also start the Psychology course, provided that the essential criteria is met in the other subjects)

Board

AQA

Outline of the Course

Paper 1

  • Memory (eg why do we forget things? Can we trust eye-witness testimony?)
  • Attachments (eg why do infants become attached to their parents?)
  • Social Influence (eg why do we change our behaviour when part of a group?)
  • Psychopathology (eg what are the most common mental disorders? Can they successfully be treated?)

Paper 2

  • Approaches (eg which approach to Psychology is the most scientific?)
  • Biopsychology (eg can we understand human behaviour solely in terms of biology?)
  • Research Methods (ie how do psychologists collect and analyse data?)

Paper 3

  • Issues and Debates in Psychology (eg what are the key issues faced by psychologists today?)
  • Gender (eg is gender the product of genetic factors or upbringing?)
  • Schizophrenia (eg why does schizophrenia develop and how can it be treated?)
  • Aggression (eg why are some people more aggressive than others?)

Assessment

 
Type of Assessment
Duration
Weighting
1
Examination: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions
2 hours
33.3%
2
Examination: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions
2 hours
33.3%
3
Examination: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions
2 hours
33.3%

Sixth-Form-Programme-of-Courses-2023.pdfPsychology Summer and Endeavour Task