Assessment Details

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


The A Level Course

Paper One: Introductory Topics in Psychology

Topics covered: Social Influence, Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology (the study of explanations and treatments for mental health issues)


Paper Two: Psychology in Context

Topics covered: Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology, Research Methods


Paper Three: Issues and Options in Psychology

Topics covered: Issues and debates, Relationships, Schizophrenia, 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.



Educational Visits

  • Psychology Masterclass (Nottingham University)
  • Revision Conferences



All students are provided with access to an online textbook which has a wealth of extra resources including wider reading links, quizzes, help with key terms and suggested answers. The two textbooks used are the AQA Psychology for A level Year 1 and Year 2 published by Illuminate Publishing. Previous students have found purchasing the revision guide that links to these textbooks has been useful, details of which are below. Students are asked to have separate folders for the different modules they learn, or to use file dividers within one folder. This folder should contain worksheets and handouts from previous lessons, notes, exam question booklets and revision summaries.


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

  • 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
  • AQA Psychology for A level Year 1 & AS Revision Guide by Flanagan, Berry, Griffin & Liddle
  • AQA Psychology for A level Year 2 Revision Guide


Extra Background Reading

Students are provided with psychological articles within lesson and through Moodle. 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.