Because the topics Psychologists study are complex, it is common to find different explanations of psychological phenomena, such as the nature of intelligence.
An important skill you will learn is how to evaluate conflicting theories about the topics you cover, and the studies that support, or challenge, them.
Cognitive Psychology looks at how we perceive and interpret the world around us.
Cognitive psychologists are interested in ‘thinking’ and are therefore concerned with internal mental processes, and how those processes are involved in the development of behaviours such as perception and intelligence. Developmental Psychology considers how people develop and change from before they are born, throughout their lives.
A Level Psychology is a linear subject, assessed at the end of two years of study.
The AQA examination board uses three examinations to assess you.
Psychology is the ‘scientific study of the mind and behaviour’, and the A Level offers an introduction to six ‘core’ areas of the discipline.
Social Psychology focuses on the social interactions people have with each other.
Paper 2: Psychology in Context (Approaches in Psychology, Research Methods and Biopsychology).
Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology (Section A is a compulsory section on Issues and Debates in Psychology.