Key Stage 5
|AQA Psychology 8182|
AQA Psychology 7182
Supporting Your Child in Psychology
Ultimately students will sit 2 examinations. Each examination involves 4 modules. All the information for each module is clearly structured within your child's booklet for this module. You can help by making sure they look after these booklets and store them carefully, in two folders according to which paper they are on:
Paper 1: Memory, Perception, Development, Research Methods
Paper 2: Social Influence, Language, Thought & Communication, Brain and Neuropsychology, Psychological Problems
On the inside cover of each booklet you will find a 'revision checklist' of questions. Their revision should be carefully and tightly structured around these questions.
The Psychology Department produces their own in-house quality workbooks and assessment materials which provide you with everything you need to be successful at A Level. Armed with these resources, there is absolutely no need to purchase a textbook. Each module taught has an accompanying workbook in which you complete formal exam style questions. The cost of replacing these resources in the event of losing a booklet is £1 per module.
A Level Year 1 – Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology, Social Influence, Approaches, Research Methods
A Level Year 2 – Biopsychology, Gender, Aggression, Stress, Issues and Debates, Research Methods
We will be following the newly revised AQA Psychology course. Any text books which are tailored to the new AQA specification are suitable to support study in Psychology.
In addition, students who read a quality newspaper weekly excel at applying psychological theory to current issues and debates, and we recommend downloading the TED Talks App (free) and searching for Psychology related talks. These are short lectures given by experts in the field which are current, applied and relevant. For example:
Elizabeth Lotus the Fiction of Memory
Martin Seligman On the State of Psychology
Oliver Sacks What Hallucination Reveals about our Minds
Philip Zimbardo On the Psychology of Evil
There are also excellent Twitter feeds that we recommend students follow, including @NewScientist, @PsychCentral, @Psychtoday and @Psychologynews.
There are many films and books that are of interest:
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Girl Interrupted, Poppy Shakespeare, A Beautiful Mind, The Soloist, We need to talk about Kevin.