Does A level psychology seem hard? Maybe it feels so overwhelming at the amount of stuff you need to learn and remember for the exams that you’re probably wondering how to begin? How on earth do you begin to memorise all this psychological information? – I’ve been there and so have all the Loopa students whose pictures you see on the website.
Well what if I told you psychology doesn’t need to be a hard subject! – Sometimes you just need a bit of guidance and that’s where I come in. I’ve broken down your entire A level course for you below with an in depth guide and revision checklist for all the psychology topics you need to learn – Let’s get started.
How Do I Begin Revising For A level Psychology?
(This explains everything below – read it carefully ! Links to resources and notes are also given below!)
You are studying the new specification if you have started your psychology course after September 2015 as a new student. You will start learning unit 1 and unit 2 (also known as 7181/1 and 7181/2) for AS and the full A level has the unit code 7182 where you will also sit a third paper too.
You can download the new specification here.
Some students are still doing the old psychology specification if they are retaking their exams with the last opportunity to resit them likely to be the 2017 exam window. Students who started studying A level psychology from 2015 or later will always be learning the new psychology specification. The first set of year 2 exams for the new psychology specification (also known as just A level exams now) will be sat in 2017 onwards. Below you have a road map for how your AS or A level psychology course breaks down:
An Overview Of Your AQA Psychology Exam Papers
The Psychology Syllabus Explained
- AS students sit unit 1 (7181/1) and then unit 2 (7181/2) after 1 year of study. At this point they can either opt to keep the AS qualification and finish the course or choose to continue to do the full A level in the second year.
- If you choose to do the full A level you will resit modified versions of unit 1 and unit 2 again (which have more topics) but you will also study unit 3 in addition to this. After sitting all 3 exams in your second year you will be given your A level qualification based on how well you do in these 3 exams.
- Some schools have opted to ignore the AS exams and study the full A level only sitting the exams in the second year. This is because AS results do not count towards your full A level psychology grade. Other schools will let students sit their AS exams and then choose whether to continue into the second year or not for the full A level.
Be sure to ask your school/teacher what it is they are doing so you know how the course will break down for you.
- The new specification consists of 2 exam papers for AS students.
- For A level students, the linear specification requires A level students to sit 3 exam papers.
AS / A level Psychology Paper 1:
- Social Influence
For additional help with this paper you can get paper 1 notes here for both AS and A level psychology.
AS / A level Psychology Paper 2:
- Approaches in psychology
- Research Methods
For help with paper 2 you can get paper 2 notes here for AS and A level psychology.
A level Psychology Paper 3 (7182):
Paper 3 for A level psychology consists of Issues and debates as well as the following 9 topics:
- Cognition and Development
- Forensic psychology
- Eating behaviour
You are required to pick 3 to study and answer questions on however they are all split into 3 groups where you can pick only 1 from each group. The split is as follows:
- One topic from either Aggression, Addiction or Forensic psychology.
- One topic from either Schizophrenia, Stress or Eating behaviours
- One topic from either Relationships, Gender or Cognition and Development.
- Past questions for unit 1 AS and A level psychology (7181/7182) are available here. This includes all the 6-12 mark questions for AS and 6-16 mark questions for A level psychology.
- You can check all the unit 1 possible essay questions you can also be asked for both the AS and A level exams here.
- Past questions for unit 2 AS and A level psychology (7181/7182) are available here. This includes all the questions ranging from 6-12 marks for AS psychology and 6-16 mark questions for A level psychology.
- You can check all the unit 2 possible essay questions you can also be asked for both the AS and A level exams here.
- Past questions for unit 3 (7182) A level psychology (7182) are available here. This breaks down all the different topic questions in unit 3 7182 for A level psychology. The respective ebooks for each topic I have written cover every possible question and give you model essay answers which will help you master these topics too.
- You can also get a list of all the possible questions for unit 3 here for all the topics.
- Past AQA A psychology exam papers and mark schemes for unit 1 7181/1 (AS and A level)
- Past AQA A psychology exam papers and mark schemes for unit 2 7181/2 (AS and A level)
- Past AQA A psychology exam papers and mark schemes for unit 3 7182 (A level)
Complete breakdown of the aqa psychology grade boundaries are here – (these are updated every year) – This also outlines the differences from last years exam papers so we can see if they go up or down and by how much.
- Understanding Your UMS A Level Grade Results And Calculation – this explains how your mark is worked out, what you need for an A or A* grade and how you can work out what your raw mark was also.
- How to revise for AS and A level psychology.
- The best textbooks to use for AS and A level psychology.
- How to write 12 and 16 mark essay answers for AS and A level psychology.
- How to memorise essays and lots of information.
- The video that started it all – How I revised for AS psychology in 3 months without teachers (working full-time) and scored two A’s.
- How I scored 100% at A level in my second year (old spec but useful for unit 3 revision which is essay based)
- The best universities to study psychology and their requirements.
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You can also earn free resources/discounts by adding us to your school’s website – simply email myself once added here: sajdevshi AT gmail dot com.