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Below you have a list of all the possible essay questions you can be asked in unit 3/paper 3 (7182) for AQA A level psychology for all the different topics.

You have 9 topics in unit 3 (not including issues and debates) and you can only pick one from each selection. Here are your selections:

  • One from: Aggression – Forensic psychology – Addiction
  • One from: Schizophrenia – Eating behaviour – Stress
  • One from: Relationships – Cognition and Development – Gender

My favourite combination is definitely Aggression, Schizophrenia and Relationships but it will be down to you or your school which 3 you will do.


Aggression
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This covers all the possible questions for AQA psychology unit 3 (7182) and the aggression topic.

Aggression is one of the topics you can choose with forensic psychology and addiction being the other choices. Forensic psychology is new to unit 3 and was not in the old specification however addiction was.

If you are studying Unit 3 and this topic, you can get my aggression model essay answers ebook here or by clicking the image on the right. This covers all the likely questions you can be asked in the exam. You get A* model essay answers that you can use to get an idea of the standard you are meant to be working towards and to source theory and evaluation points for your own essays too.

Aggression Unit 3 Overview

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Above we have an overview of what the specification says you can be asked questions on for unit 3 aggression. We can break this down to identify the possible essay questions; in total we have 10 possible essay questions we can be asked and need to prepare for with model essays.

AQA Psychology Aggression Unit 3 Possible Questions

  1. Outline/evaluate/discuss the role of neural and/or hormonal mechanisms in aggression.
  2. Outline/evaluate/discuss the role of genetic factors in aggression.
  3. Outline/evaluate/discuss the ethological explanation of aggression.
  4. Outline/evaluate/discuss the evolutionary explanation of human aggression.
  5. Outline/evaluate/discuss social learning theory as it applies to human aggression.
  6. Outline/evaluate/discuss the de-individuation explanation of human aggression.
  7. Discuss the dispositional and situational explanation of aggression or this may be worded as “discuss research into institutional aggression”
  8. Outline/evaluate/discuss research into media influences on aggression including the effects of of computer games.
  9. Outline/evaluate/discuss explanations of media influences on aggression or this may be worded as outline/evaluate/discuss the role of desensitisation, disinhibition and cognitive priming in aggression”.

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Schizophrenia

This covers unit 3 and all the possible questions you can be asked for schizophrenia. This topic was in the old specification and has been modified slightly but fundamentally it remains the same in its core theme of questions in this new specification. Schizophrenia is one of the topics you can choose with the other two options being Eating behaviour and Stress. Eating behaviour was in the old specification however Stress as its own topic is new.

You can get my schizophrenia model essay answers for unit 3 7182 here or by clicking the image on the right.

Schizophrenia Unit 3 Overview

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Above we have an extract from the specification which outlines all the possible topics in schizophrenia we need to learn. We can then use this to extract the possible essay questions you can be asked too. Breaking this down, theres 8 possible essay questions for schizophrenia you need to look out for; they are as follows:

AQA Psychology Schizophrenia Unit 3 Possible Questions

  1. Classification of schizophrenia (unlikely to be a full essay question)
  2. Discuss issues with reliability and validity associated with the classification and/or diagnosis of schizophrenia.
  3. Discuss biological explanations of schizophrenia.
  4. Discuss psychological explanations of schizophrenia.
  5. Outline and evaluate drug therapies in the treatment of schizophrenia.
  6. Outline and evaluate cognitive behavioural therapy as used in the treatment of schizophrenia.
  7. Discuss token economies as used in the management of schizophrenia.
  8. Outline and evaluate the interactionist approach in explaining and treating schizophrenia or this may be written as outline and evaluate the diathesis-stress model of schizophrenia.

Relationships

Below we have all the possible questions for unit 3 relationships for AQA psychology. Relationships was also in the old specification and it’s had an overhaul in this new one. The other two topics you can choose alongside relationships is Gender and Cognition and Development.

Relationships Unit 3 Overview

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Breaking the relationships topics above down we can identify a total of between 8-11 possible essays we can be asked (dependent on wording and how narrow they go). So this topic can be quite difficult content wise in terms of how much you need to remember.

AQA Psychology Relationships Possible Questions

  1. Evolutionary explanations for partner preferences or this may be asked as “discuss the relationship between sexual selection and human reproductive behaviour”.
  2. Discuss one or more factors affecting attraction in romantic relationships (broad question). This question can also be asked in more narrower forms focusing on specific factors such as:
    • Discuss the role of physical attractiveness in attraction.
    • Outline and evaluate the role of self-disclosure in attraction.
    • Discuss the filter theory of attraction in romantic relationships.
  3. Outline and evaluate the social exchange theory of romantic relationships.
  4. Outline and evaluate equity theory in romantic relationships.
  5. Outline and evaluate the investment model of relationships.
  6. Outline and evaluate Duck’s phase model of relationship breakdown.
  7. Outline and evaluate the nature of virtual relationships in social media.
  8. Outline and evaluate explanations of parasocial relationships.

Stress

Below we have all the possible essay questions we can be asked for Stress in the unit 3 AQA A psychology exam (7182) for the new specification. The other two topics you can also choose within this section is Schizophrenia and Eating behaviour both of which were in the old specification.

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The image above is taken from the specification itself outlining what you need to know. From this we can extract the possible questions you can be asked for stress in unit 3 (7182). Stress was in the old specification but now has much more focus and depth towards it. Just looking at this topic I can safely say it is definitely one of the harder topics you can pick to study for unit 3. Breaking the specification down there is at least 13 potential essays you can be asked…ouch.

AQA Psychology Stress Possible Questions

  1. Discuss the physiology of stress. In your answer include the general adaptation syndrome, the hypothalamic pituitary-adrenal system and the sympathomedullary pathway.
  2. Discuss the role of stress in illness.
  3. Describe and evaluate research on life changes as a source of stress.
  4. Discuss sources of stress, including life changes and daily hassles in your answer.
  5. Describe/Outline and evaluate research related to workplace stress. (include the effects of workload and control in your answer).
  6. Describe and evaluate ways that stress can be measured referencing self-report scales and physiological measures.
  7. Describe/Outline and evaluate the relationship between personality and stress. Refer to personality types A, B or C.
  8. Discuss individual differences in stress.
  9. Discuss the use of drug therapy in managing and coping with stress.
  10. Describe/Outline and evaluate the use of stress inoculation therapy in managing and coping with stress.
  11. Describe/Outline and evaluate the use of biofeedback in managing and coping with stress.
  12. Describe/Outline and evaluate gender differences in coping with stress.
  13. Discuss research into/related to the role of social support in coping with stress.

Gender

Gender was in the old specification and has remained in this new one albeit with some slight changes. Below you have an extract from the specification itself outlining all the possible gender questions for unit 3. The other choices for this section are Relationships and Cognition and Development.

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Gender was popular in the old specification and I’m fairly confident it is going to be popular again. I think Cognition and development and Gender will be more popular this time round as the Relationships topic has significantly more possible essays you need to revise for.

AQA Psychology Gender Possible Questions

  1. Discuss the concept of androgyny. (Referring to the Bem Sex Role inventory).
  2. Discuss the role of chromosomes and hormones in sex and gender. (Refer to atypical sex chromosome patterns in your answer).
  3. Describe and evaluate Kohlberg’s theory of gender development.
  4. Discuss two explanations of gender development.
  5. Discuss Freud’s psychoanalytic theory of gender development.
  6. Discuss social learning theory as applied to gender development.
  7. Describe and evaluate the influence of culture and/or media on gender roles.
  8. Describe and evaluate research related to gender identity disorder. (Referring to biological and social explanations).

Cognition and Development

There are around 7 possible essay questions for cognition and development based on the specification. Below you have an extract highlighting this:

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This topic is smaller than the other two options you have so may prove popular. The possible essay questions for cognition and development for unit 3 are as follows:

AQA Psychology Cognition and Development Possible Questions

  1. Discuss Piaget’s theory of cognitive development.
  2. Discuss Piaget’s stages of intellectual development.
  3. Describe and evaluate Vygotsky’s theory of cognitive development.
  4. Describe and evaluate Baillargeon’s explanation early infant abilities.
  5. Discuss Selman’s levels of perspective-taking.
  6. Discuss theory of mind as an explanation for autism.
  7. Discuss the role of the mirror neuron system in social cognition.

Eating Behaviour

You have approximately 10 possible questions for Eating behaviour in unit 3 within this section. You can also choose Schizophrenia or Stress as your alternative topics. Personally I prefer Schizophrenia but it is all about preferences at this point. Here is an extract from the specification that covers Eating behaviours highlighting all the topics you need to learn:

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AQA Psychology Eating Behaviour Possible Questions

  1. Discuss evolutionary explanations for food preferences.
  2. Outline and evaluate the role of learning in food preferences.
  3. Discuss neural and hormonal mechanisms involved in the control of eating behaviour.
  4. Discuss biological explanations for anorexia nervosa.
  5. Outline and evaluate family systems theory as an explanation for anorexia nervosa.
  6. Outline and evaluate the social learning theory explanation of anorexia nervosa.
  7. Outline and evaluate the cognitive theory explanation of anorexia nervosa.
  8. Discuss biological explanations for obesity.
  9. Discuss psychological explanations for obesity.
  10. Outline and evaluate one or more explanations for the success and/or failure of dieting.

Forensic Psychology

Forensic psychology is new to AQA psychology and wasn’t in the old specification. You can choose to study Aggression or Addiction as your other options instead of this. Aggression in my eyes is probably the easier choice because it was in the old specification and very popular. I’ve also covered it extensively in my model essay answers ebook. Regardless, here is an extract from the AQA psychology specification outlining the possible questions you can be asked for Forensic psychology in unit 3.

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AQA Psychology Forensic Psychology Possible Questions

  1. Defining and measuring crime (unlikely to be a full essay)
  2. Discuss the top-down approach to offender profiling.
  3. Discuss the bottom-up approach to offender profiling.
  4. Discuss the historical approach to explaining offending behaviour.
  5. Discuss biological explanations of offending behaviour.
  6. Describe and evaluate Eysenck’s theory of the criminal personality.
  7. Discuss one or more cognitive explanations of offending behaviour.
  8. Discuss one or more psychological explanations of offending behaviour.
  9. Describe and evaluate psychodynamic explanations of offending behaviour.
  10. Describe and evaluate research on custodial sentencing and its effects on recidivism.
  11. Describe and evaluate the use of behaviour modification in custody as a means of dealing with offender behaviour.
  12. Describe and evaluate anger management as a method for dealing with offending behaviour.
  13. Describe and evaluate restorative justice programmes.

That’s about 12 full essays you can be asked for this topic which is a fair amount to learn. You can get my forensic psychology revision notes here. They cover all the possible essay questions and give you model essay answers.


Addiction

Addiction was in the old specification and although popular, is a very hard topic in my opinion. The ebook I created for this topic with all the model essays proved incredibly popular as it covered every single variable essay you could be asked. I’ll be doing the same again with this new updated Addiction topic for unit 3. Below you have an extract from the specification which outlines all the possible topics you need to learn – we have 12 possible essay questions for Addiction.

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AQA Psychology Addiction Possible Questions (unit 3)

  1. Describing physical or psychological dependence (addiction), tolerance and withdrawal. (This is unlikely to be a full essay I believe)
  2. Outline and evaluate the role of two or more risk factors in the development of addiction.
  3. Discuss risk factors in the development of addiction. (genetic vulnerability, stress, personality, family influences and peers)
  4. Outline and evaluate the brain neurochemistry explanation of nicotine addiction.
  5. Outline and evaluate the learning theory explanation of nicotine addiction.
  6. Outline and evaluate the learning theory explanation of gambling addiction.
  7. Discuss research relating to the cognitive theory explanation of gambling addiction (referring to cognitive bias)
  8. Outline and evaluate drug therapy as a way of reducing addiction.
  9. Outline and evaluate the behavioural interventions used to reduce addiction.
  10. Outline and evaluate cognitive behavioural therapy as a way of reducing addiction.
  11. Outline and evaluate the theory of planned behaviour as it related to the reduction of addiction.
  12. Outline and evaluate Prochaska’s six-stage model of behavioural change.

 

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