Interpreting your Psychology GCSE pre-release materials -

Interpreting your Psychology GCSE pre-release materials

What is the Advanced Information

he 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 each exam paper. Advice is provided for some parts of the Subject Content, but not others.

To understand this fully, you will need to compare this list with the full list given in the AQA specification. For instance, in relation to Section 3.1.1 of the specification (Memory), you should expect questions on memory types, Murdock, reconstructive memory and accuracy, but probably not on Bartlett, primacy effects or encoding, even though these are named on the specification. But for 3.1.3, for instance, no Advance Information is supplied.

Please take the time to make a full comparison – it will make planning your study time between now and the summer much easier.

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 | GCSE | Psychology | Changes for 2022


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