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Barnet College Wood Street Centre Subject Leader- Louise Dobson

2013- 2014

See: www.aqa.org.uk

AQA (A) specification.

A2 PSYCHOLOGY HANDBOOK

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Please ensure you keep this handbook safe. It contains vital information for your A2 studies and your examinations. Team Contact details: Louise Dobson – Rachel Knapp – Sim Bose Chris Wickham

0208 275 5081 0208 275 2842 0208 275 7577 0208 275 5055

Or email us using this format: Firstname.Surname@Barnetsouthgate.ac.uk Please note: We do not accept work via email unless you have made a specific arrangement with your tutor.

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A2 Psychology Course Handbook Contents:

Page No. 3

Welcome back

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A2 Specification at a Glance

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Unit 3 Assessment

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Unit 4 Assessment

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Subject content

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A refresher of the Psychology department rules.

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Reading List, Resources

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Scheme of assessment

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Psychology Website Guide

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Using Computer Resources for Psychological Research

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WELCOME BACK TO THE A2 YEAR OF PSYCHOLOGY! Welcome Congratulations on being successful in AS Psychology and we hope you both enjoy and repeat that success with A2 Psychology. The A2 course is different from the AS course in the subject content and particularly in the manner in which it is assessed. As a consequence, you will need to develop both your essay writing skills and research skills. The A2 examination includes assessment through essays. THE SPECIFICATION AT A GLANCE To gain an ‘A’ Level in Psychology, you have to complete two separate sets of examinations: AS Psychology (50% of the total A level marks) - (Already completed – well done!! A2 Psychology (50% of the total A level marks)

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You will sit the A2 modules in June and will be instructed by your tutor about the different nature of the modules. Below is an outline of the A2 components of the course.

Assessment -> Unit 3 (1.5 hours= 30 mins per essay) Worth 25% of the total A’level

Each essay is marked out of 25.

There are 8 topics you could study. Your tutors will select the areas you will study and so therefore you will only be able to answer certain questions on the exam paper.        

Biological rhythms and sleep Perception Relationships Aggression Eating behaviour Gender Intelligence and learning Cognition and development

Your tutors have selected areas which will they think you will find interesting and rewarding. You may study others independently but please ask your tutors for advice.

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Unit 4 (2 hours= 40 mins per “activity”) Worth 25% of the total A’level

Each section here is marked out of 25.

 Section A - Psychopathology: One essay-style question chosen from three. QWC (Quality of written communication) will be assessed in this essay. You will study Schizophrenia.  Section B - Psychology in Action: One set of question chosen from three. This will be generally be short answer questions  Section C - Research Methods: One compulsory structured question.

In this section you are also expected to include in your answers issues, debates and approaches (called IDA). This is important… you cannot score in the top grade boundary without this!! The structure of the A2 year in Psychology may sound very confusing at first but do not worry it will make sense as you progress through the course (honestly!).

Resources You will be expected to have your own copy of the textbook. See below: Holt, N and Lewis, R (2009) A2 level Psychology, The student textbook, Crown house publishing limited, ISBN: 978-184590093-9

A2 Specification at a Glance Unit 3

You’ll be studying selected topics here… See below

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Unit 4

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Scheme of Assessment: o o o

October 2013 – There will be a mock to assess your progress so far. January 2014 - You will be examined in early January 2014 on module 3. Topics will be: perception, Eating behaviour and Relationships. May/June 2014 – You will be examined on Module 4. Topics will be: Addiction, Schizophrenia and Research Methods.

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A Refresher of the Psychology Department Rules! 1.

Homework Policy An assessed piece of work will be set at the end of each completed topic. Homework must be completed and given in to tutors by set dates. You are expected to complete reading and note taking on topics discussed in class. * Deadlines – You will be given a deadline for all set work and must keep to it.

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Visits/Conferences Details of Psychology conferences can be found on the notice board in CS-12 with the procedure for obtaining tickets. You are advised to attend at least one conference.

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Application to Higher Education If you are interested in studying Psychology at University, The British Psychological Society offer a range of books that advise students about careers in Psychology ‘Career Choices in Psychology: A Guide to Graduate Opportunities’ (L. Higgins), is straightforward and informative. (Obtainable from BPS, St Andrews House, 48 Princes Road East, Leicester, LE1 7DR.) Also see their website qualifying for careers in Psychology.

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www.bps.org.uk for a free downloadable booklet about

Examination Details You tutor will inform you regarding examination entry deadlines: A2 examinations. It is important that you work to the best of your ability throughout the year.

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Specification Number and Examination Board You are studying: Address:

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AQA Specification A – A level Psychology - Specification no. 2180 AQA Stag Hill House Guildford Surrey GU2 5XJ Tel. No. 01483 503 123

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Website:

To obtain past papers and marking schemes, log on to: www.aqa.org.uk and follow the links. Past papers are also on the Psychology Moodle site. AS PSYCHOLOGY FILL IN THE DETAILS IN THE TABLE ABOVE AND KEEP FOR REFERENCE. Day

Time

Room

DURATION

TUTOR

Special equipment to bring.

1½ HOURS 1½ HOURS 1½ HOURS

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Suggested Additional Reading list: 

Psychology A2 - The Complete Companion for AQA 'A' (Textbook) (Complete Companion) (Paperback) by Mike Cardwell and Cara Flanagan (Author) ISBN: 9781850082897

Recommended Web Resources: http://www.alleydog.com/ A searchable key terms database and more! www.bps.org.uk – The website of the British Psychological society http://www.holah.karoo.net/links.htm useful general information about Psychology and some of the important studies http://www.folensblogs.com/psychcompanion/blog/ the website that complements your main textbook http://alevelpsychology.co.uk/ general information for A’ level students http://www.s-cool.co.uk/a-level/psychology good for basic revision notes but more detail needed for the exams!!

Using Computer Resources for Psychological Research. Objective:

This session will enable you to learn how to effectively use the Internet for researching areas of Psychology.

The Internet The Internet can be an excellent source of information, but remember… a)

You must use good sites for example those based at universities (Usually having “.ac.uk” for UK sites or variations of this for those from other countries.)

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You must acknowledge your sources at the end of the essay or assignment just as you would a book you have used. It is also a good idea to keep a print out of the pages used and record the date you visited them – the site content often changes. – This may be an essential element of some courses for example in key skills.

1) In a web browser type in the following address… http://www.revisiontime.com/alevel_psychology.html http://www.bps.org.uk/index.cfm British Psychological Society site http://www.intropsych.org/anim/index.htm#lecture - For a general website including some excellent interactive tutorials on subjects such as perception and stress. http://www.psychology.org/ A gateway to other sites. http://www.uwm.edu/~johnchay/index.htm some on-line experiments http://www.laburnum35.freeserve.co.uk/ - Simply Psychology site provides some useful information. NOTE this is primarily for the OCR specification. http://www.virtualpsychology.co.uk/links.htm – A useful site for revision and overviews of topics.

Some other useful sites… www.google.com – A quick and useful search engine. www.S-cool.co.uk Provides useful summaries of topics for As/A2 Psychology, plus interactive tests.

Moodle The Psychology team also have produced a Moodle site with useful information for you including past questions. Keep visiting this for resources, past papers, mark schemes and all the information you need to be successful.

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