Specification at a glance

These qualifications are linear. Linear means that students will sit all the AS exams at the end of their AS course and all the A-level exams at the end of their A-level course.

AS

Subject content

Assessments

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology

What's assessed

Compulsory content 1–3 above

Assessed

  • written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 72 marks in total
  • 50% of AS

Questions

Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

Section B: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

Section C: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

Paper 2: Psychology in Context

What's assessed

Compulsory content 4–6 above

Assessed

  • written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 72 marks in total
  • 50% of AS

Questions

Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

Section B: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

Section C: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

A-level

Subject content

Optional

Assessments

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology

What's assessed

Compulsory content 1–4 above

Assessed

  • written exam: 2 hours
  • 96 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A-level

Questions

  • Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks
  • Section B: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks
  • Section C: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks
  • Section D: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

Paper 2: Psychology in Context

What's assessed

Compulsory content 5–7 above

Assessed

  • written exam: 2 hours
  • 96 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A-level

Questions

  • Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks
  • Section B: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks
  • Section C: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 48 marks

Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology

What's assessed

Compulsory content 8 above

Optional content, one from option 1, 9–11, one from option 2, 12–14, one from option 3, 15–17 above

Assessed

  • written exam: 2 hours
  • 96 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A-level

Questions

  • Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks
  • Section B: one topic from option 1, 9–11 above, multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks
  • Section C: one topic from option 2, 12–14 above, multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks
  • Section D: one topic from option 3, 15–17 above, multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks