Key Stage 4

Examination Board / Awarding Body: AQA


Why Study Psychology?

This engaging and effective qualification introduces students to the fundamentals of psychology: developing critical analysis, independent thinking and research skills.

Psychology is a fascinating area of study.  It will help you understand human behaviour and mental processes and allow you to better understand how we think act and feel.  Psychology helps to develop communication skills and develops critical thinking.


Course Content:

Subject content is divided into two groups which will be assessed separately at the end of year 11.

In the ‘cognition and behaviour’ section  students will study:

  • Memory
  • Perception
  • Development
  • Research methods

In the ‘social context and behaviour’ section students will study:

  • Social influence
  • Language, thought and communication
  • Brain and neuropsychology
  • Psychological problems



There will be two papers to sit at the end of year 11 as these exams are linear.

Paper 1: Cognition and Behaviour

Paper 2: Social Context and Behaviour

These papers will last 1 hour and 45 minutes and will be 100 marks.  Each paper is worth 50% each of the overall grade.

Some questions will be multiple choice, short answers and extended writing.

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