Depression Predictions For June 2016
My depression predictions for PSYA4 and the June 2016 exam were the second most requested after Addiction when I asked our facebook study group which predictions they wanted next so here they are. Depression, like Schizophrenia is a fairly straightforward topic and there is only a handful of essays you need to learn. I should probably also mention again (incase you’re unaware) that last year the PSYA4 exam paper was in a van which was stolen a week before the exams itself – this put AQA in a predicament and they had to frantically send out a replacement paper known as PSYA4R to as many schools as they could reach – however not everyone was able to be reached in time. So last year a portion of students sat the original stolen PSYA4 paper while others who could be reached sat the replacement paper known as PSYA4R – So this has kinda screwed things up for my predictions a little as we have no idea how the replacement paper affects the pattern of questions – does it narrow down my predictions further? or does the fact that not everyone sat it mean the questions which were asked can come up again as part of the normal depression questions for this year? – Who knows…well AQA does but were going to make some big assumptions here for these predictions.
Depression Overview PSYA4
This table is taken from the specification directly and breaks down exactly the selection of questions you can be asked for the 4 different topics for section A (psychopathology as its known). The type of questions between the 4 topics are all the same and the content you learn is split between mostly explanations for the disorder and treatments (be they biological or psychological explanations or treatments).
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My ebook for depression covers all the possible questions you can be asked with A* grade model essays. I personally found the PSYA4 exam paper an all round easy paper – the hardest is really PSYA3 due to the sheer amount of content you are expected to know. Depression is covered in immense detail in my ebook and shows you the standard your essays need to be to hit the top banding and A* grade. If you need that extra help, want to cram for the exam last minute or want templates with A* model essays then this ebook will prove really useful for you – you can download it by clicking the image above/on the right.
My Depression Predictions For June 2016
Heres my predictions table and thoughts on what may come up below:
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- Issues surrounding the classification and diagnosis of depression – This hasn’t appeared in 3 exam windows (4 if you include the replacement paper) so I think a full essay on this is due. This is more apparent when you factor in that it’s only ever appeared as a full essay in January 2013 while other questions have made an appearance twice (except my frontrunner below). This is my second favourite to appear due to this reason and in my eyes very likely – it is also a tough question to answer and my ebook covers this with an A* grade essay. A lot of students struggled to answer these questions when it comes to reliability and validity and unless you’re writing about it in a particular way, you wont break into the top banding. It’s there if you need it.
- Biological explanations of depression – It’s been two exam windows since this appeared and my gut is telling me this is the one to prep for after my frontrunner above.
- Biological therapies for depression – Yes it appeared in the replacement paper worth 4+16 marks but my gut is telling me to prep for this (if its not my gut its that take-away I had last night). If you don’t factor in the replacement paper which not everyone sat, it’s been 6 exam windows since it appeared. I think this would be the curve ball if AQA decide to throw one so prep for this for sure.
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