AQA A-Level Psychology
Unit Code: 7182
How To Revise For A-level Psychology
This section provides revision resources for the new linear A-level psychology specification for the AQA exam board.
This specification started being taught from September 2015 onwards.
The resources are perfect for teachers and classroom learning, parents and students to aid in revision.
The specification unit code is 7181.
- You can find the AQA A level Psychology Specification here.
- If you’re studying GCSE Psychology, you can click the button below for resources:
When are the AS/A-level Psychology exams?
Due to Covid-19, the current exams for this year (2020) have been cancelled and we are awaiting new dates for 2021 which will be updated below.
For the full linear A-level course, you will be studying all three exam papers.
What topics will I be learning?
The topics you study depends very much on whether you are studying only the AS level for psychology or going for the full A-level.
If you are studying only the AS level, then you will study the following topics over two exam papers:
Paper 1 will consist of:
Paper 2 will consist of:
If you are studying the full A-level, you will study the following topics over three exam papers:
Paper 1 will consist of:
Paper 2 will consist of:
Paper 3 will require you to study Issues and debates as well the topics below:
Below you will find all the resources you need for both AS and A-level exams (more is being added over time).
Chapter 1: Social Influence
- Types of conformity
- Explanations of conformity
- Variables affecting conformity
- Conformity to social roles
- Situational variables affecting obedience
- Agentic state and legitimacy of authority
- The Authoritarian Personality
- Resistance to social influence
- Minority Influence
- Social influence processes in social change
Chapter 2: Memory
- The multi-store model of memory (Atkinson and Shiffrin 1968)
- The working memory model (Baddeley and Hitch 1974)
- Types of long-term memory
- Explanations for forgetting: Interference
- Explanations for forgetting: Retrieval failure
- Accuracy of eyewitness testimony: Misleading information
- Accuracy of eyewitness testimony: Anxiety
- Improving the accuracy of eyewitness testimony: The cognitive interview
Chapter 3: Attachment
- Caregiver-infant interactions
- The development of attachment
- Animal studies of attachment
- Explanations of attachment: Learning Theory
- Explanations of attachment: Bowlby’s theory
- Ainsworth’s Strange Situation: Types of attachment
- Cultural variations in attachment
- Bowlby’s theory of maternal deprivation
- Romanian orphan studies: Effects of institutionalisation
- The influence of early attachment
Chapter 4: Psychopathology
- Definitions of abnormality
- Mental disorders
- The behavioural approach to explaining phobias
- The behavioural approach to treating phobias
- The cognitive approach to explaining depression
- The cognitive approach to treating depression
- The biological approach to explaining obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- The biological approach to treating obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
Chapter 5: Approaches In Psychology (coming soon)
- The origins of psychology
- The behaviourist approach
- Social learning theory
- The cognitive approach
- The biological approach
- The psychodynamic approach
- Humanistic psychology
- Comparison of approaches
Chapter 6: Biopsychology (coming soon)
- The nervous system
- Neurons and synaptic transmission
- The endocrine system
- The fight-or-flight response
- Localisation of function
- Lateralisation of split-brain research
- Plasticity and functional recovery of the brain
- Ways of studying the brain
- Circadian rhythms
- Ultradian and infradian rhythms
- Endogenous pacemakers and exogenous zeitgebers
Chapter 7: Research Methods (coming soon)
- The experimental method
- Control of variables
- Return to hypotheses and other things
- Experimental design
- Laboratory and field experiments
- Natural and quasi-experiments
- More problems with experiments
- Ethical issues
- Dealing with ethical issues
- Observational techniques
- Observational design
- Self-report techniques
- Self-report design
- Other research methods
- Mathematical skills
- Measures of central tendency and dispersion
- Display of quantitive data and data distributions
- Types of data
- Introduction to statistical testing
- The scientific process and peer review
- Psychology and the economy
- Content analysis
- Case studies
- Features of science
- Statistical tests
- Non-parametric tests of difference
- Tests of correlation
- Chi-Squared test
- Reporting investigations
Chapter 8: Issues and Debates In Psychology (coming soon)
- Gender in psychology: Gender bias
- Culture in psychology: Cultural bias
- Free will and determinism
- The nature-nurture debate
- Holism and reductionism
- Idiographic and nomothetic approaches to psychological investigation
- Ethical implications of research studies and theory
Unit 3: Aggression / Forensic Psychology / Addiction coming soon
- Aggression / Forensic Psychology / Addiction
Unit 3: Schizophrenia / Eating Behaviour / Stress coming soon
- Schizophrenia / Eating Behaviour / Stress
Unit 3: Relationships / Cognition and Development / Gender coming soon
- Relationships / Cognition and Development / Gender
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Workbooks / Resources / Quizzes
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