AS Psychology

Assessment Details

Students selecting Psychology at George Spencer College follow the AQA Specification. Details of which can be found by following the links below:

AQA Specification at a glance

Detailed Specification Content



The AS Course (1 year)


Paper One: Introductory topics in Psychology

Topics covered: Social Influence, Memory and Attachment

Paper Two: Psychology in context

Topics covered: Approaches in Psychology including biopsychology, Psychopathology, Research Methods

Both papers are worth 50% of the AS level. Each exam paper lasts for 1 hour 30 minutes and is worth 72 marks.

The exams consist of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions. All questions are compulsory.


The A Level Course (2 years)


Paper One: Introductory topics in Psychology (same material as AS)

Topics covered: Social Influence, Memory,  Attachment and Psychopathology

Paper Two: Psychology in context (same material as AS plus additional topics to learn)

Topics covered: Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology, Research Methods

Paper Three: Issues and Options in Psychology (topics only covered in Y13 in the A Level course)

Topics covered: Issues and debates, Relationships, Stress, Aggression


Each paper is worth a third of your AS level. Each paper lasts for 2 hours and is worth 96 marks.

The exams consist of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions. All questions are compulsory.



When are the exams sat?


Everyone sits exams at the end of Year 12 - these are the AS exams




Educational Visits

- British Science and Natural History Museum – 30th October
- BPS Conference at Nottingham Trent University – November
- Brain Awareness Week at Nottingham University – March
- Other interesting and exciting one off trips i.e. Science & Pseudoscience Conference (November)



All students are provided with either a full textbook or a revision guide (selected by the student). Alternatively, students can select to use both. Students are asked to have separate folders for the different modules they learn, or to use file dividers within one folder. Students are required to bring their textbook and their unit folder to all lessons. This folder should contain previous lesson hand-outs and notes, exam question booklet and assessment record sheet.


In addition, there are a number of other excellent textbooks available...

- AQA Psychology Year 1 and AS by Cara Flanagan and Matt Jarvis
- AQA A Level Psychology by Jean Marc Lawton and Eleanor Willard
- Psychology A Level Year 1 and AS: The Complete Companion by Mike Cardwell and Clara Flanagan
- Oxford AQA Psychology Year 1 and AS by Simon Green and Rob Lewis


Extra Background Reading

Students are provided with some psychological articles within their module booklets at the beginning of the course. In addition to this students are provided with wider reading suggestions and articles as the course progresses. Both Psychology teachers are in receipt of current research published by the British Psychological Society, and distribute this relevant research to the students on a regular basis. Students are also encouraged to seek out psychological information by reading relevant news articles, for example, and bringing these into lessons to promote a class discussion.