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  1. 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. 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. 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. 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 (?),
  5. 5. evaluate suggestions 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) 3 specified + 2 treatments 6 specified + 6 specified applications 6 specified + 6 specified applications 6 specified + 6 specified applications 6 specified + 6 specified 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. 6. Sport and Exercise (Arousal and anxiety, exercise and mental health, motivation, personality, performing with others, audience effects) applications EXAM BOARD Co-teachable Practical work required Approaches / applied psychology Number studies Any other comment AQA Unit 1 INTRODUCTIONARY TOPICS AS & A level A level only Social Influence (conformity, explanations, variables affecting conformity, social roles, obedience(individual and situational explanations) resistance to social influence, minority influence. Social change)) Memory (mulit-store model, LTM, working memory mode, explanations of forgetting, EWT (inc cognitive interview) Attachment (caregiver / infant interactions, stages, multiple attachments, role of father, animal studies, explanations, types, deprivation, influence on relationships) Psychopathology (definitions, characteristics 3 disorders, behav. explanation and treatment for phobias, cognitive explanations / 3+4 theories/explanations specified None specified. Approx 9 models / explanations 6 specified + theories / explanations 11 explanations / theories
  7. 7. treatments depression, biological explanations / treatment OCD) EXAM BOARD Co-teachable Practical work required Approaches / applied psychology Number studies Any other comment AQA Unit 2 PSYCHOLOGY IN CONTEXT AS and A level A level only + AS and A level A level only + AS ONLY AS and A level A level only+ AS and A level Doesn’t appear to have compulsory practical work element Approaches (Origins of psychology, learning approaches, cognitive approach, biological approach +Psychodynamics, humanistic and comparison of approaches) Biopsychology (Nervous system, endocrine, endocrine, flight or fight) + Localisation of brain function and plasticity, methods of studying brain, biological rhythms. Psychopathology as for UNIT 1 A level Research methods (expt / observation, self report, correlations) + content analysis / case studies Scientific Process (aims / hypo / sampling / pilot studies / designs related to methods / variables / controls / ethics) 4 + relevant theories and assumptions + relevant theories / models Relevant theories / models as for UNIT 1 A level “K&U of research methods, practical research skills and mathematical skills SHOULD be developed through study of specification content and
  8. 8. A level only+ + Reliability / validity / features of science / reporting / peer review ethical research activities” EXAM BOARD Co-teachable Practical work required Approaches / applied psychology Number studies Any other comment AQA Unit 2 cont’d AS and A level + A level only Unit 3 ISSUES and OPTIONS A level only ISSUES / DEBATES compulsory One from Relationships / gender / cognition and development One from Schizophrenia / eating behaviour / stress Data handling Types of data, descriptive stats, distributions, SIGN TEST +Analysis correlations inc coefficients, levels of measurement, content analysis, thematic analysis Inferential testing Sign test, choice of non-parametric and parametric test, significance and probability Issues and debates (gender and culture, free will / determinism / nature / nurture, reductionism / holism, ideographic/ nomothetic, ethical implications Relationships (evolutionary explanations, attraction, theories of romatic relationships, virtual relationships, parasocial relationships Gender (sex and gender, cognitive / psychodynamic / SLT explanations, atypical development 2 specified + relevant theories / explanations 4 specified + relevant theories Multiple choice / short answer and long answer questions for every option)
  9. 9. One from Aggression/Forensic psychology / addiction Cognition and development (Piaget. Vgotsky, Baillargeon, social cognition) Schizophrenia (classification, biological / psychological explanations, drug /cbt treatment, interactionist approach Eating behaviour (food preferences, biological explanations for eating behave, biological / psychological explanations for anorexia and obesity Aggression (biological / ethological / social psychology explanations, institutional aggression, media influences) Forensic (Definitions, profiling, biological / psychological explanation, dealing with offending) Addiction (definitions, risk factors, explanations for nicotine / gambling addiction, treatments. Theories of behaviour change) Relevant theories Approx 7 inc explanations Approx 11 inc explanations / theories Approx 12 inc explanations / theories Approx 15 inc explanations / theories Approx 14 inc explanations / theories

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