Specification at a glance

This specification is available for assessment in June. There are no previous learning requirements.

This course is particularly suitable for students who have studied GCSE Psychology, however not a requirement.

AS examinations 
Unit 1 – PSYA1
50% of the total AS marks, 25% of the total A2 marks

1 hour 30 minutes

Structured compulsory questions based on Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Research Methods.

Questions include short answer, stimulus material and one 12-mark question requiring extended writing in which QWC will be assessed.

Available June

 

Unit 2 – PSYA2
50% of the total AS marks, 25% of the total A2 marks

1 hour 30 minutes

Three compulsory structured questions, one based on the Biological Psychology

content, one based on the Social Psychology content and one based on the Individual Differences content.

Questions include short answer, stimulus material and one or more 12-mark questions requiring extended writing in which QWC will be assessed.

Available June

 

 

A2 Examinations 
Unit 3 – PSYA3
25% of the total A-level marks

1 hour 30 minutes

Three essay-style questions chosen from eight topics:

(a) Biological rhythms and sleep

(b) Perception

(c) Relationships

(d) Aggression

(e) Eating behaviour

(f) Gender

(g) Intelligence and learning

(h) Cognition and development

QWC will be assessed in each essay

Available June

 

Unit 4 – PSYA4
25% of the total A-level marks

2 hours

Three sections

Psychopathology: One essay-style question chosen from three. QWC will be assessed in this essay.

Psychology in Action: One question chosen from three.

Research Methods: One compulsory structured question.

Available June