The specification that we follow at Oxford High School is AQA.

PAPER 1: Introductory topics in Psychology

  • Social Psychology (Why do people conform? When and why do people obey authorities? Why do some people choose not to conform?)
  • Cognitive Psychology (How do we remember? Why do we forget? What affects the accuracy of eyewitness testimony?)
  • Developmental Psychology (Attachment: the relationships that children form with parents and those around them)
  • Psychopathology (What kinds of behaviour are considered “abnormal”? Why do they occur? Can they be prevented or treated?)


PAPER 2: Psychology in Context

  • Approaches in Psychology (Origins of Psychology, Cognitive, Biological, Behavioural, Psychodynamic, and Humanistic).
  • Biological Psychology (the fight or flight response, the function of the endocrine system: glands and hormones. Localisation and function of the brain, plasticity, ways of studying the brain)
  • Research Methods (including ethical issues, designing studies, analysing and presenting quantitative & qualitative data)


PAPER 3: Issues and Options in Psychology

Issues & Debates in Psychology (compulsory)

And one topic from:

  • Relationships/Gender/Cognition & Development
  • Schizophrenia/Eating Behaviour/Stress
  • Aggression/Forensic Psychology/The Psychology of Addictive Behaviour

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