We run AQA Psychology at Hampton College, it is a fascinating and challenging course.
The topics we cover for AS (Year 12) are below:-
- Social influence
- Research Methods
At A2 (Year 13) we cover:-
- Research Methods
- Issues and Debates
- Forensic Psychology
Work is assessed as AS in short structured questions, multiple choice questions and short essays. At A2 short structured questions remain plus longer extended essays.
Here are some examples of the types of behaviours we look at in Psychology:
Applying memory research: Eyewitness Testimony
Eyewitness testimony is a term derived from law, which simply is 'an account of an incident' accident or crime that a person may have witnessed. Their testimony of what happens can quite clearly have a massive effect on court cases and in turn, people's freedom or future. Rattner (1988) reviewed 25 cases of wrongful conviction, 52% down to inaccurate eye witness testimony.
Memory - Key Questions
- Where is information held?
- What form is it held in?
- How is it encoded (stored)?
- How is it forgotten
- How have psychologists understood memory, and what are the strengths and limitations of their models?
- What factors affect our memories?
- How can we improve our memory?
Zimbardo's Prison Simulation Study
What can we conclude from behaviour from a fake prison? One prisoner was released on the first day because he showed symptoms of psychological disturbance. Two more prisoners were released on the fourth day. One prisoner went on a hunger strike. The guards attempted to force-feed him and then punished him by putting him in 'the hole' a makeshift solitary confinement area, very dark small cupboard. The prisoners did not see the hunger strike prisoner as a hero instead they shunned him. The guards became more and more aggressive.
Examples of exam questions
- Explain how social influence leads to social change with reference to attitudes towards homosexuality. (6 marks)
- Describe and evaluate research into minority influence (12 marks).