AQA Sixth Form Psychology 7182 (A Level)
Students are normally expected to achieve at least a Grade 6 in Biology and a Grade 5 in a Humanities subject (Sociology, RS, History or Geography). A Grade 5 in Maths is advised as 10% of your marks will come from calculations within the exam.
During the course students will study the following topics:
- Social influence
- Approaches in Psychology
- Research Methods
- Issues and Debates in Psychology
- Forensic Psychology
This will enable students to develop a real understanding of several of the aspects of Psychology – Social, biopsychology, cognitive and psychodynamic.
Assessment in A Level Psychology
We expect students to complete the course at A2. They will sit three two hour exams.
Paper 1 – Introductory Topics
Paper 2 – Psychology in Context
Paper 3 – Issues and options
Year 1 assessment
We expect that students will not sit the Year 1 external assessments (from the examination board – AQA) but will complete assessments set and marked in school based on the topics taught .
Year 2 assessment
We expect that students will sit the full A2 qualification at the end of Year 2. Students will complete an assessment set and marked in school before the external public examinations.
Marking and Feedback
Assessment feedforward sheets are used as part of the assessment marking process at the end of each unit which usually marries up to each term. Staff comments provide guidance on how students can improve their level of understanding. Staff are expected to review all peer assessed and self-assessed work and provide guidance when necessary.
Setting in A Level Psychology
As this is an Option Block, there is no setting for A Level Psychology and all students at all levels work within the same groups. This is supported through carefully differentiated delivery of the curriculum.
Homework is set in line with the School Homework Policy.
Homework typically includes practice exam questions, consolidation homework, creative tasks, and flipped learning work.
Supporting your son or daughter in A Level Psychology
Encourage discussion about the course and the subjects that they are studying.
- Debate and discuss the issues we have studied in class
- Encourage wider reading around the subject
- Make sure that your son/daughter equipment for lessons – A4 files and paper plus pens, notes and filing materials
- Help them to spot where they need more help and encourage them to participate fully
- Allow students