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Psychology - KS4

 

AQA

GCSE Psychology

This engaging and effective qualification introduces students to the fundamentals of psychology, developing critical analysis, independent thinking and research skills.

Assessments use multiple choice, short answer and extended writing/essays to assess knowledge, understanding and evaluation skills.

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course.

There are 2 exams at the end of year 11 and each exam is worth 50% of the final grade awarded.

 

Paper 1

Cognition and Behaviour

  1. Memory
  2. Perception
  3. Development
  4. Research methods

 

Students will be expected to:

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of psychological ideas, processes, procedures and theories in relation to the specified Paper 1 content.

Apply psychological knowledge and understanding of the specified Paper 1 content in a range of contexts.

Analyse and evaluate psychological ideas, information, processes and procedures in relation to the specified Paper 1 content and make judgements, draw conclusions and produce developments or refinements of psychological procedures based on their reasoning and synthesis of skills.

Evaluate therapies and treatments including in terms of their appropriateness and effectiveness.

Show how psychological knowledge and ideas change over time and how these inform our understanding of behaviour.

Demonstrate the contribution of psychology to an understanding of individual, social and cultural diversity.

Develop an understanding of the interrelationships between the core areas of psychology.

Show how the studies for topics relate to the associated theory.

 

How it's assessed:

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

100 marks

50% of GCSE

 

Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing

Section B: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing

Section C: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing

Section D: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing

 

 

Paper 2

Social context and behaviour

  1. Social influence
  2. Language, thought and communication
  3. Brain and neuropsychology
  4. Psychological problems

 

Students will be expected to:

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of psychological ideas, processes, procedures and theories in relation to the specified Paper 2 content

Apply psychological knowledge and understanding of the specified Paper 2 content in a range of contexts

Analyse and evaluate psychological ideas, information, processes and procedures in relation to the specified Paper 2 content and make judgements, draw conclusions and produce developments or refinements of psychological procedures based on their reasoning and synthesis of skills

Evaluate therapies and treatments including in terms of their appropriateness and effectiveness

Show how psychological knowledge and ideas change over time and how these inform our understanding of behaviour

Demonstrate the contribution of psychology to an understanding of individual, social and cultural diversity

Develop an understanding of the interrelationships between the core areas of psychology

Show how the studies for topics relate to the associated theory.

 

How it's assessed:

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

100 marks

50% of GCSE

 

Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing

Section B: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing

Section C: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing

Section D: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing