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1 Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master text styles –Second level Third level –Fourth level »Fifth level AS and A level Psychology 2015 Launch event

2 Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master text styles –Second level Third level –Fourth level »Fifth level The changes Our approach Our draft specification Assessment Support Agenda

3 Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master text styles –Second level Third level –Fourth level »Fifth level The changes

4 Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master text styles –Second level Third level –Fourth level »Fifth level For Psychology from 2015: AS will be a separate, linear qualification An AS grade will not contribute to an overall A level grade The content of the AS is a subset of the A level so you can co-teach A student can sit AS and then go on to do A level but will be assessed on all content at A level AS and A level qualifications Current specification Summer series as normal Final AS and A2 examinations New specification Specification in centres First teaching*First AS examinations First A level examinations

5 Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master text styles –Second level Third level –Fourth level »Fifth level Changes for 2015: Greater emphasis has been placed on the application of appropriate quantitative skills. The assessment of quantitative skills represents a minimum of 10% of the overall A level marks. Not all are assessed at AS, but all are assessed in the A level. Subject Criteria

6 Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master text styles –Second level Third level –Fourth level »Fifth level Our Approach

7 Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master text styles –Second level Third level –Fourth level »Fifth level Teachers from a range of schools and colleges – in focus groups, surveys, phone interviews and face-to-face conversations – have provided feedback at each stage. Academics in UK universities have helped us understand how to build on the strengths of the current specifications and advised on how progression to undergraduate study could be improved. We have commissioned and conducted our own research projects, including international benchmarking. Our research

8 Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master text styles –Second level Third level –Fourth level »Fifth level You told us that students should: Develop a holistic understanding of psychology Apply appropriate quantitative skills to relevant contexts Build an awareness of the current key issues impacting society Develop the ability to apply theory to contexts through making connections Engage through practicals. Our findings

9 Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master text styles –Second level Third level –Fourth level »Fifth level Our draft specification

10 Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master text styles –Second level Third level –Fourth level »Fifth level Clear and coherent specification structure Progression, not repetition Contemporary focus Skills for progression Co-teachable specifications Design and content principles

11 Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master text styles –Second level Third level –Fourth level »Fifth level Nine topics assessed through three externally examined papers: A level at a glance Topic 1: Social Psychology Topic 2: Cognitive Psychology Topic 3: Biological Psychology Topic 4: Learning Theories Topic 5: Clinical Psychology Topic 6: Criminological Psychology OR Topic 7: Child Psychology OR Topic 8: Health Psychology OR Topic 9: Psychological Skills Paper 1: Foundations of Psychology Paper 2: Application of Psychology Paper 3: Psychological Skills Social, Cognitive, Biological & Learning Clinical & either Criminological/child/ health Methodology & Review of studies

12 Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master text styles –Second level Third level –Fourth level »Fifth level Four topics assessed through two externally examined papers: AS at a glance The final question in each paper will require students to make connections across the specification. Paper 1Paper 2 Social Psychology & Cognitive Psychology Biological Psychology & Learning Theories Topic 1: Social Psychology Topic 3: Biological Psychology Topic 2: Cognitive Psychology Topic 4: Learning Theories

13 Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master text styles –Second level Third level –Fourth level »Fifth level Topics 1 to 4 have the same content for the AS and A level qualification… …so even though they are separate qualifications you can co-teach them. Co-teaching AS and A level

14 Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master text styles –Second level Third level –Fourth level »Fifth level Structure Each topic has the same structure: Content Methods Studies Key questions Practical investigation Issues and debates

15 Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master text styles –Second level Third level –Fourth level »Fifth level * Issues and debates will be covered in each topic area for the A level only Topic 1: Social Psychology Topic 2: Cognitive Psychology Topic 3: Biological Psychology Topic 4: Learning Theories Obedience MemoryAggressionConditioning Prejudice Brain functioningSocial learning theory CNS & neurotransmitter functioning Phobias Content: Foundations of Psychology

16 Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master text styles –Second level Third level –Fourth level »Fifth level Topic 5: Clinical Psychology Topic 6: Criminological Psychology Topic 7: Child Psychology Topic 8: Health Psychology AbnormalityJury decision making AttachmentNicotine/Alcohol/H eroin - drug behaviour Schizophrenia and one other Eye witness testimony Deprivation/ privation Psychological Strategies behind campaigns DSMCauses and treatments of crime Developmental issues of Autism Treatments for drugs misuse Issues in diagnosis Treatment for disorders Content: Applications of Psychology

17 Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master text styles –Second level Third level –Fourth level »Fifth level Topic 9: Psychological Skills Review of Methodologies Review of Studies Review of Issues and Debates Content: Psychological Skills

18 Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master text styles –Second level Third level –Fourth level »Fifth level Assessment

19 Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master text styles –Second level Third level –Fourth level »Fifth level A level % AS % AO1 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures AO2 Apply knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures: in a theoretical context in a practical context when handling qualitative data when handling quantitative data AO3 Analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific information, ideas and evidence, including in relation to issues, to: make judgements and reach conclusions develop and refine practical design and procedures Assessment objectives

20 Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master text styles –Second level Third level –Fourth level »Fifth level PaperOverview of assessment 1Paper length: 2 hours There are five sections. Each of sections A-D will comprise a range of question types from short answer to extended open response. Section E comprises two extended open response questions. 90 marks 35% 2Paper length: 2 hours There are two sections (clinical and one option) Both sections comprise of a range of question types from short answer to extended open response, including an essay and data response questions. 90 marks 35% 3Paper length: 2 hours There are three sections. Each section comprises of a mixture of question types, section B is dominated by two extended response questions based on Psychological Studies given in the specification and section C comprises of two extended answer questions on Issues and Debates. 80 marks 30% A level assessment

21 Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master text styles –Second level Third level –Fourth level »Fifth level PaperOverview of assessment 1Paper length: 1.5 hours There are three sections. Section A comprises a mixture of question types covering Social Psychology. Section B comprises a mixture of question types, covering Cognitive Psychology and section C comprises of one extended response question, covering both Social and Cognitive Psychology topic areas. 70 marks 50% 2Paper length: 1.5 hours There are three sections. Section A comprises a mixture of question types covering Biological Psychology. Section B comprises a mixture of question types, covering Learning theories and section C comprises of one extended response question, covering both Biological Psychology and Learning Theories topic areas 70 marks 50% AS level assessment

22 Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master text styles –Second level Third level –Fourth level »Fifth level A defined taxonomy to provide clarity and consistency across assessments and between series Application of quantitative skills to relevant contexts Levels based mark schemes that: –focus on the skills students are required to demonstrate –relate directly to the command words/taxonomy –demonstrate progression between bands –do not rely on subjective statements Assessment principles

23 Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master text styles –Second level Third level –Fourth level »Fifth level Support

24 Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master text styles –Second level Third level –Fourth level »Fifth level We will provide you with: A comprehensive Getting Started guide, with detailed guidance on the specification and assessment A course planner, outlining different delivery approaches An editable scheme of work Mapping documents to highlight the differences between the 2008 and 2015 specifications Teaching resources and student guide Planning and delivery

25 Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master text styles –Second level Third level –Fourth level »Fifth level We will provide you with information and support to help you understand the standard: Exemplar student work and examiner commentaries generated from work with A level students and centres Understanding the standard

26 Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master text styles –Second level Third level –Fourth level »Fifth level Our ResultsPlus service provides the most detailed analysis available of your students’ exam performance: Identify topics and skills where students could benefit from further learning Mock Analysis provides analysis of past exam papers which can be set as mock exams Tracking progress

27 Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master text styles –Second level Third level –Fourth level »Fifth level Events in a timely manner to help you prepare to teach the new specification: Online launch videos to share with your departments Getting ready to teach events in spring 2015 Training from Pearson

28 Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master text styles –Second level Third level –Fourth level »Fifth level Stephen Nugus and his team will keep you up to date about: training events and support materials news and government announcements affecting our qualifications key dates and entry deadlines new qualifications and resources Phone: (Sciences) Twitter: twitter.com/PearsonSciences Subject page: Subject advisor support

29 Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master text styles –Second level Third level –Fourth level »Fifth level We are committed to helping teachers deliver our Edexcel qualifications and students to achieve their full potential. To do this, we aim for our qualifications to be supported by a wide range of high-quality resources, produced by a range of publishers, including ourselves. However, it is not necessary to purchase endorsed resources to deliver our qualifications. A list of all endorsed resources will be available on edexcel.com Endorsed resources*

30 Click to edit Master title style Click to edit Master text styles –Second level Third level –Fourth level »Fifth level We are working with a range of publishers who are looking towards getting their resources endorsed for Psychology: Hodder: textbooks for Foundations of Psychology and the Applications of Psychology and student guides Pearson: a textbook for A level and digital resources Pumpkin Interactive: topics specific textbook ZigZag Education: homework packs and revision guides *These resources have not yet been endorsed. This information is correct as of 15th October 2014, but may be subject to change. Endorsed resources*

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