A2 Psychology: [AN OVERVIEW]
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AQA A psychology:
An Overview of the
course content for A2
A2 Psychology: [AN OVERVIEW]
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Your AS grade will account for 50% of your final A Level grade. You must now complete two
a...
A2 Psychology: [AN OVERVIEW]
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Subject content for Unit 3: Topics in Psychology
In unit 3 there are 8 different topics, of...
A2 Psychology: [AN OVERVIEW]
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A2 Psychology: [AN OVERVIEW]
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The three topics you will study are likely to be:
- Relationships
- Aggression
- Eating beh...
A2 Psychology: [AN OVERVIEW]
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Unit 4 is divided into three sections.
Section A: Psychopathology
You will be expected to:
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The overview of the content for section B is as follows:
- You will learn one of the follow...
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Section C: Psychological Research and Scientific Method
You will be expected to:
 Extend y...
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  1. 1. A2 Psychology: [AN OVERVIEW] 1 AQA A psychology: An Overview of the course content for A2
  2. 2. A2 Psychology: [AN OVERVIEW] 2 Your AS grade will account for 50% of your final A Level grade. You must now complete two additional units of equal weight to gain the full A Level in psychology. This information pack will give you an overview of the units you will be studying in year 13. Both unit 3 and unit 4 will be assessed at the end of the school year in June. You will notice that the structure of the exam questions changes at A2 as the exams become more essay based. There will be no coursework. Unit 3: Topics in Psychology For unit 3 you will be required to answer questions from 3 different topics. The style of the questions is likely to be as follows: - One question worth 24 marks (8+16) or - Two questions worth 12 marks each (4+8 each) or - Two questions: one 4 mark question and one essay question (4+16) Notice from above that the A01 and A02 spilt will no longer be 50:50, instead it will be 1/3 AO1 to 2/3 A02.
  3. 3. A2 Psychology: [AN OVERVIEW] 3 Subject content for Unit 3: Topics in Psychology In unit 3 there are 8 different topics, of which you will study 3. - Biological rhythms and sleep - Perception - Relationships - Aggression - Eating behaviour - Gender - Intelligence and learning - Cognition and development. You will be expected to demonstrate:  Knowledge, understanding and skills of analysis and evaluation in relation to the three selected topics.  Knowledge, understanding and skills of analysis and evaluation in relation to relevant theories, explanations and studies in each of the three topics studied.  An understanding of the major approaches in psychology (cognitive, biological, behavioural and psychodynamic) through the study of the topics.  An appreciation of issues and debates as relevant to each topic studied: for example, issues of bias, including gender and culture, the role of animals in research, ethical issues, the nature/nurture debate, free will and determinism and reductionism. The overview for each topic is as follows:
  4. 4. A2 Psychology: [AN OVERVIEW] 4
  5. 5. A2 Psychology: [AN OVERVIEW] 5 The three topics you will study are likely to be: - Relationships - Aggression - Eating behaviour Please note that these are to be confirmed by Miss Pointer and are subject to change. Unit 4: Psychopathology, Psychology in Action and Research Methods You will be expected to demonstrate:  Knowledge and understanding of theories and studies relevant to the content for each are of psychology in this unit.  Analyse and evaluate theories, explanation and studies relevant to the content for each area of psychology in this unit.  Undertake practical research activities involve collection, analysis and interpretation of qualitative and quantitative data (this is not coursework, but will be assessed as part of the final unit 4 examination).
  6. 6. A2 Psychology: [AN OVERVIEW] 6 Unit 4 is divided into three sections. Section A: Psychopathology You will be expected to:  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of one of the following disorders: o Schizophrenia o Depression o Phobic disorders o Obsessive compulsive disorder  Apply knowledge and understanding of models, classification and diagnosis to their chosen disorder.  The overview of the content for section A is as follows:  This section will be worth 24 marks. The questions will resemble the same style as in unit 3 (e.g. one essay of 8+16 marks). Section B: Psychology in Action You will be expected to:  Demonstrate knowledge, understanding and critical thinking in relation to one of the following contemporary applications of psychology: o Media Psychology o The psychology of addictive behaviour o Anomalistic psychology  Apply knowledge and understanding of research methods to unfamiliar situations.  Develop and appreciation of the relationship between research, policy and practices in applying psychology in everyday life.  This section will be worth 24 marks, the questions are likely to be divided as follows:  Application question (10 marks)  Description question (4 marks)  Short essay question (4+6 marks)
  7. 7. A2 Psychology: [AN OVERVIEW] 7 The overview of the content for section B is as follows: - You will learn one of the following contemporary applications of psychology:
  8. 8. A2 Psychology: [AN OVERVIEW] 8 Section C: Psychological Research and Scientific Method You will be expected to:  Extend your knowledge, understanding and skills of research design, data analysis, and data interpretation and reporting gained at AS.  Develop and understanding of the nature of science and scientific method.  This section will be worth 35 marks, there will be a variety of different questions and the total marks awarded for each question is likely to vary from 1 mark to 12 marks. These questions will follow a similar structure to the way research methods were assessed in unit 1.  An overview of section C is as follows: As shown above there is an element of choice in Unit 4. It is likely that you will learn:  Section A: Psychopathology o Schizophrenia  Section B: Psychology in Action o The psychology of addictive behaviour  Section C: Research methods o No options Again, these choices are to be confirmed by Miss Pointer and are subject to change.

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