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  • 1. EXAM BOARD Co-teachable Practical work required Approaches / Applied Psychology Number studies Any other comment N.B. A01 / 2 / 3 AND mathematical requirements(10% inc descriptive and inferential statistics) set by OFQUAL and common across all boards EDEXCEL Topic 1-4 AS & A Topic 5 + 6 or 7 or 8 A level Topic 9 Issues and Debates (embedded in other topics YES* *Self report (social) *Experiments (Cognitive) *Correlational (Biological) *Observations (Learning Theories) Awareness of longitudinal, cross- sectional, cross- cultural, meta-analysis Experiment / case studies Use of Observation / interview Use of animals / human studies related to drug use Social (Obedience and prejudice) + key question Cognitive (Memory 4 models) + key question Biological (CNS, drugs, aggression (inc ref to Freud)) + key question Learning Theories (classical / operant / SLT / phobias) + key question Clinical (Diagnosis, Classification, Schizophrenia + anorexia OR OCD OR Depression) + key question Criminological (gender differences, social explanations, 2 treatments, interviewing, EWT, jury decision making) + key question OR Child Psychology (attachment / day care / autism) + key question OR Health (Addiction; 2 explanations, two treatments, one media campaign) + key question 5 (4 named +1 contemporary) 5 (4 named +1 contemporary) 3 (2 named +1) + Freud + evolutionary theory 5 (4 named +1 contemporary) 3 + two treatments / disorder 5 + 2 treatments 7 (?) 2 (+ supporting studies for explanations /treatments) RM embedded in topics, will be examined in all 3 papers (2 at AS) Issues and Debates run through all topics for A level *Practical research is expected in Topics 5-8 Topic 9 “skills” embedded in other topics
  • 2. EXAM BOARD Co-teachable Practical work required Approaches / Applied Psychology Number studies Any other comment EDUQAS Component 1 AS* & A level Component 2 AS & A level YES Required practical work is specified in draft up to 2019. Questions in paper will refer to this research but no notes / logbooks allowed in exam. *Biological (evolutionary theory, brain function, neurotransmitters) *Psychodynamic (influence of childhood experience, unconscious mind and tripartite personality) *Behaviourist (conditioning, similarities between animals and humans) *Cognitive (computer analogy, internal mental processes, schemas) *Positive (free will, goodness + excellence, focus on “the good life” Research methods; Experiments, self-reports, observations, content analysis, correlational (+ brain scans, longitudinal, cross cultural at A level) Reliability / Validity / Ethics / samples / data analysis 1 named +1 therapy + 1 debate (named) 1 named + 1 therapy + 1 debate (named) 1 named + 1 therapy + 1 debate (named) 1 named + 1 therapy + 1 debate (named) 1 named + 1 therapy + 1 debate (named) 2 practical projects to be carried out over the two years (1 for AS) *includes thread on relationships in all approaches A level can ask for any relevant behaviour
  • 3. EXAM BOARD Co-teachable Practical work required Approaches / Applied Psychology Number studies Any other comment Component 3 A level only (Behaviours and controversies) Three from the following six behaviours. Addiction / Autistic Spectrum / Bullying / Criminal / Schizophrenia / Stress Must know characteristics; know and evaluate biological, individual differences and social psychological explanations; methods of modifying behave, evaluate methods (inc effectiveness, ethics and social implications) Not specified but need “at least two” explanations for each approach (x3) + 2 ways to modify behaviour Approx. 8 studies / theories + evaluations per behaviour Controversies include culture bias, ethics, non-human animals, scientific status of psychology, sexism OCR Component 1 Research methods (AS and A level) “Learners will be expected to carry out their own, small scale activities and reflect on their experiences” Experiment, observation, self-report, correlation (including “designing investigations”) Aims, hypotheses, samples, levels of data, descriptive and inferential stats, evaluative issues, report writing including peer review Science in Psychology “it is suggested student create a research portfolio”
  • 4. EXAM BOARD Co-teachable Practical work required Approaches / Applied Psychology Number studies Any other comment OCR Component 2 Core Studies AS 1 topic per approach A level 2 topics + Areas, perspectives and debates (AS and A level) Practical applications Social (responses to Authority, responses to people in need+) Cognitive (Memory, Attention+) Developmental (External Influences, Moral development+) Biological (Regions of Brain, Brain Plasticity+) Individual Differences (Understanding disorders, Measuring differences+) 5 “areas” above + Behaviourism + Psychodynamics Nature/nurture, Freewill/determinism, Reductionism/holism, Individual / situational explanations, usefulness, ethics, socially sensitive research, psychology as a science Apply knowledge to a novel source AS 1 classic 1 Contemp. A 2 classic 2 Contemp. AS 1 classic 1 Contemp. A 2 classic 2 Contemp. AS 1 classic 1 Contemp. A 2 classic 2 Contemp. AS 1 classic 1 Contemp. A 2 classic 2 Contemp. AS 1 classic 1 Contemp. A 2 classic 2 Contemp Not specified + A level only For each core study students need to learn detail, compare and contrast, evaluate methodology. Will need to use studies to illustrate behaviourism and psychodynamics Recognise psychological content, evidence-based suggestions (?), evaluate suggestions
  • 5. EXAM BOARD Co-teachable Practical work required Approaches / applied psychology Number studies Any other comment OCR Component three A level only Applied Psychology Issues in Mental Health (compulsory) (Historical context inc. definitions and characteristics 3 disorders; medical model, alternatives to medical model) TWO options from the following four Child Psychology (Intelligence, pre- adult brain development, perceptual development, cognitive development and education, attachment, advertising) Criminal (Biological explanations, forensic evidence, collection of evidence, courtroom, situational and individual crime prevention) Environmental (Env stressors, biological stressors, conservation behaviours, ergonomics, built environment, territory and personal space) Sport and Exercise (Arousal and anxiety, exercise and mental health, motivation, personality, performing with others, audience effects) 3 specified + 2 treatments 6 specified + 6 specified applications 6 specified + 6 specified applications 6 specified + 6 specified applications 6 specified + 6 specified applications Issues and debates from components 1 & 2 + ethnocentrism & socially sensitive research run as a theme throughout. Each “topic” relates to and “area” from component 2.
  • 6. EXAM BOARD Co-teachable Practical work required Approaches / applied psychology Number studies Any other comment

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