Psychology

The study of human psychology has been the study of quite extraordinary human capabilities.” – Kurt Lewin 

Subject information

ENTRY DETAILS

Exam board:Pearson Edexcel IAL

Specification: Pearson Edexcel International Advanced A-Level in Psychology (YPS01)

HOW I WILL BE ASSESSED?

Examination:The course is examined in January and June of both Year 12 and Year 13

COURSE DETAILS

ASSESSMENT OVERVIEW, DURATION AND WEIGHTING

Paper 1 – Written examination 1 hour 30 minutes (20% of qualification- 64 marks)

Paper 2 – Written examination 2 hours (30% of qualification – 96 marks)

Paper 3 – Written examination 1 hour 30 minutes (20% of qualification- 64 marks)

Paper 4 – Written examination 2 hours (30% of qualification – 96 marks)

Exam Papers% of IALAssessment overview

Paper 1 –
(Jan Y12)

20

Section A: Social psychology. Short-answer questions and one 8-mark extended response. 

Section B: Cognitive psychology. Short-answer questions and one 8-mark extended response. 

Section C: 12-mark extended response on either social or cognitive psychology.

Paper 2 –
(June Y12)

30

Section A: Biological psychology. Short-answer questions and one 8-mark extended response.

Section B: Learning theories and development. Short answer questions and one 8-mark extended response.

Section C: One 12-mark and one 16-mark extended open-response question. 

The 12-mark question covers either biological psychology or learning theories and development. 

The 16-mark question covers both biological psychology, and learning theories and development.

Paper 3 –
(Jan Y13)

20

Section A: Developmental psychology. Short-answer questions and two 8-mark extended responses. 

Section B: Criminological psychology. Short-answer questions and two 8-mark extended responses.

Paper 4 –
(June Y13)

30

Section A: Clinical psychology. Short-answer questions. 

Section B: Clinical psychology. One 16-mark extended response. 

Section C: Psychological skills. Short-answer questions drawing on research methods in topics A-E&H.

Section D: Psychological skills. 8-mark  response based on analysis of a key question from topics A-E&H.. 

Section E: Psychological skills. One 20-mark synoptic question based on issues and debates from topics A-E&H.

WIDER READING

  • Stanovich, K.E. (2013) How to Think Straight about Psychology. Prentice Hall
  • Sternberg, R.J. (2017) Career paths in psychology: Where your degree can take you. Washington, DC. American Psychological Association
  • Zimbardo, P. (2008) The lucifer effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil. Random House Trade Paperbacks

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