Interpreting your Psychology A level pre-release materials -

Interpreting your Psychology A level pre-release materials

What is the Advanced Information

The main aim is to help you use your revision time effectively. In the case of Psychology, you will see that the advice consists of a list of topics which will be the “major focus” of questions in your exams.

It is quite a detailed list so it will take you a little while to digest the differences between this list and the full list of topics contained in the AQA Psychology specification. So, for instance, when working towards Paper 1 and covering Specification Section 3.1.1 (Social Influence), you will see that a question on Milgram’s research is likely, but a question directly on Asch or Zimbardo won’t appear. Or, for Paper 2, Section 3.2.2, you might be asked about sensory, relay and motor neurons but not about the effect of endogenous pacemakers and exogenous zeitgebers on the sleep/wake cycle. Please study this list carefully.

Study the Whole Course

If a topic is not on the list, it does not mean you can ignore it. Every topic on the specification may be relevant to the answer of some question or the focus of a question with a smaller number of marks.

Our general advice is to complete all lessons but to keep this list of topics close to hand during the revision process and make sure you are particularly well prepared to answer questions on all these named topics.

Key Takeaways

  • If a topic is not on the list, it does not mean you can ignore it
  • complete all lessons and Tutor Marked Assignments
  • Use the Advanced Information to tailor your revision

Subject Updates

AQA may issue updated information or additional guidance at any point.  Please check the subject page for Psychology regularly.

AQA | AS and A-level | Psychology | Changes for 2022

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