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Key Stage 5-
Psychology is offered at AS and A2 level. Assessment is by external examination, two of which take place in Year 12 and two in Year 13. There is no coursework. Both years contribute 50% to the total A2 grade.
At AS, students are introduced to the methods used in psychological investigations. These are correlation, observation, experiment and self-report methods. Students sit a 1 hour external assessment on their knowledge and understanding of these methods, applied in mini case studies. This exam represents 30% of their final AS grade.
In addition students carry out in depth analysis and evaluation of 15 core studies published by eminent psychologists. These studies cover the key approaches and perspectives in psychology. This unit is assessed in a 2 hour external examination, covering all 15 studies, and is worth 70% of the total AS grade.
At A2 students are expected to expand and apply their knowledge and understanding of the subject in the specialist disciplines of Forensic Psychology and Health and Clinical Psychology. Various topics are covered in both and are assessed by a 2 hour external examination in mini essay format. This unit is worth 50% of the A2 grade and 25% of the full A-level.
The second A2 unit is externally assessed in a 90 minute examination titled “Approaches and Research Methods in Psychology”. This unit consists of two parts. In the first, students will be required to use their knowledge of a specific research method to design a practical project. In the second part students will be tested on the psychological approaches, perspectives, methods, issues and debates. This unit is worth 50% of the A2 grade and 25% of the full A-level.
For the further and more detailed information the full specification can be found at: www.ocr.org.uk