Psychology - Assessment

Unit 1 – PSYA1

Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Research Methods:

  • 50% of the total AS marks, 25% of the total A2 marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Structured compulsory questions
  • Questions include short answer, stimulus material and one 12 mark question requiring extended writing in which Quality of written communication will be assessed

Unit 2 – PSYA2

Biological Psychology, Social Psychology and Individual Differences:

  • 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 quality of written communication will be assessed

Unit 3 – PSYA3

Topics in Psychology:

  • 25% of the total A Level marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Three essay-style questions chosen from eight topics:
    1. Biological rhythms
    2. Sleep
    3. Relationships
    4. Aggression
    5. Eating behaviour
    6. Gender
    7. Cognition and development
  • Quality of written communication will be assessed in each essay

Unit 4 – PSYA4

Psychopathology, Psychology in Action and Research Methods:

  • 25% of the total A Level marks
  • 2 hours
  • Three sections:
    1. Psychopathology: One essay-style question chosen from three. QUALITY OF WRITTEN COMMUNICATION will be assessed in this essay
    2. Psychology in Action: One question chosen from three
    3. Research Methods: One compulsory structured question