Psychology is a science so adopts a similar approach to other sciences; psychologists formulate theories, test hypotheses and use statistical techniques to analyse data.

Psychology is an analytical subject and throughout the course students will handle qualitative and quantitative data, design practical investigations, and interpret findings from primary research. At least 25 – 30% of the overall assessment will assess skills, knowledge and understanding in relation to research methods and at least 10% of the overall assessment will contain mathematical skills equivalent to Level 2 or above. Students will also be assessed through multiple choice, short answer questions and extended writing which involves developing a sustained line of reasoning and a logically structured argument.

The topics of the papers are:

Paper 1 (Introductory Topics in Psychology) – 33% 

  • Social Influence,
  • Memory,
  • Attachment,
  • Psychopathology

Paper 2 (Psychology in Context) – 33%

  • Approaches,
  • Biopsychology,
  • Research Methods

Paper 3 (Issues and Options in Psychology) – 33%  

  • Issues and Debates,
  • Gender,
  • Stress,
  • Addiction