Psychology

Psychology is very appealing subject for many of our students at Westminster Tutors. The study of Psychology deals with the mind and human behaviour to understand how and why people act the way they do. Psychology is a science: for example, students learn about the biology of the brain, and mathematical skills are developed when analysing and interpreting data.

Specification

Although we offer all exam boards as our courses are individually designed, our chosen specification is AQA Psychology (7181 and 7182).



Course Outline

Compulsory Content
  • Social influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology
  • Approaches in psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Research methods
  • Issues and debates in psychology


Optional Content

Option 1
  • Relationships
  • Gender
  • Cognition and development
Option 2
  • Schizophrenia
  • Eating behaviour
  • Stress
Option 3
  • Aggression
  • Forensic psychology
  • Addiction

Assessment


AS level

Paper 1: Introductory topics in psychology
  • Assessment of compulsory content 1-3
  • 72 marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes written paper
  • 50% of total AS level
Paper 2: Psychology in context
  • Assessment of compulsory content 4, 5 and 7
  • 72 marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes written paper
  • 50% of total AS level

A level

Paper 1: Introductory topics in psychology
  • Assessment of compulsory content 1-4
  • 96 marks
  • 2 hours written paper
  • 33.3% of total A level
Paper 2: Psychology in context
  • Assessment of compulsory content 5-7
  • 96 marks
  • 2 hours written paper
  • 33.3% of total A level
Paper 3: Issues and options in psychology
  • Assessment of compulsory content 8 and one topic from each of the three options
  • 96 marks
  • 2 hours written paper
  • 33.3% of total A level

Tutors

  • Andrew Moore BSc MSc PhD