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OCR

Research methods (01)* 90 marks written paper 2 hours 30% of total A level 

Psychological themes through core studies (02)* 105 marks written paper 2 hours 35% of total A level 

Applied psychology (03) 105 marks written paper 2 hours 35% of total A level  

WJEC

AS (2 units) Compulsory questions relating to five psychological approaches and classic pieces of research. 

Section A: Contemporary debate One question linked to the given debates. 

Section B: Principles of research and application of research methods Principles of research Compulsory questions on the theory of psychological research (including the work of social and developmental psychologists). 

Application of research methods to a novel scenario Compulsory questions requiring a response to a piece of research previously unseen.

A Level (the above plus a further 2 units) 

Section A: The study of behaviours Three structured essays from a choice of six. 

Section B: Controversies in psychology. 

One question from a choice of two requiring a synoptic exploration of psychological controversies. 

Section A: Personal investigations Compulsory questions based on investigative activities carried out prior to the assessment. 

Section B: Application of research methods to novel scenarios Compulsory questions requiring a response to pieces of research.  

Edexcel

Paper 1: Foundations in psychology *Paper code: 9PS0/01

Externally assessed Availability: May/June First assessment: 2017 35% of the total qualification Overview of content  

Topic 1: Social psychology 

Topic 2: Cognitive psychology.

Topic 3: Biological psychology. Topic 4: Learning theories Overview of assessment. Written examination. Students must answer all questions from five sections. Sections A–D total 70 marks and comprise mixed question types, including stimulus response and short answer questions, and cover the topic areas as follows: 

Section A: Social psychology Section B: Cognitive psychology Section C: Biological psychology Section D: Learning theories Section E: Issues and debates has 20 marks and comprises two extended response questions, covering the topic area of issues and debates in psychology. The assessment is 2 hours long. The assessment consists of 90 marks. The formulae and statistical tables given in Appendix 4: Formulae and statistical tables will also be given in the paper. Calculators may be used in the examination. 

Paper 2: Applications of psychology *Paper code: 9PS0/02 Externally assessed

Availability: May/June First assessment: 2017 35% of the total qualification Overview of content Mandatory content 

Topic 5: Clinical psychology Optional topics (students must study one) 

Topic 6: Criminological psychology Topic 7: Child psychology

Topic 8: Health psychology Overview of assessment. Written examination. The paper is composed of two sections. Students must answer all questions from Section A and all questions from a choice of three optional topic areas in Section B. 

Section A has 54 marks and comprises of mixed question types, including data-response and short-answer questions and a 20-mark essay covering the topic area of clinical psychology. 

Section B presents students with a choice of one from three optional topic areas – Criminological psychology, Child psychology or Health psychology. Each section totals 36 marks, and comprises mixed question types, including data, response, short-answer and extended response questions. The assessment is 2 hours long. The assessment consists of 90 marks. The formulae and statistical tables given in Appendix 4: Formulae and statistical tables will also be given in the paper. Calculators may be used in the examination. 

Paper 3: Psychological skills *Paper code: 9PS0/03 Externally assessed. Availability: May/June First assessment: 2017 30% of the total qualification Overview of content 

Topic 9: Psychological skills: Methods Synoptic review of studies Issues and debates. Overview of assessment 

Students must answer all questions from three sections. Section A has 24 marks and comprises mixed question types, including dataresponse and short-answer questions, covering the topic area of research methods. 

Section B has 24 marks and comprises two extended response questions based on psychological studies given in Topics 1–4.  

Section C has 32 marks and comprises two extended response questions, covering the topic area of issues and debates in psychology. The assessment is 2 hours long. The assessment consists of 80 marks. The formulae and statistical tables given in Appendix 4: 

Formulae and statistical tables will also be given in the paper. ● Calculators may be used in the examination.