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February 6, 2012 by ClaireB.
We wanted to share our good start to the week with you… our new AQA A2 Exam Companion has gone to print this morning. It is out in March and is publishing in perfect time for us to make sure it also matches the 2012 specification, so you can rest assured that it will help with preparation for the exams. Take a peek at the some preview material here.
For more information or to order an inspection copy of the AQA A2 Exam Companion or any of the rest of the Complete Companions for AQA A series, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your school or college address.
January 27, 2012 by ClaireB.
Back in September we gave you new free spreads to support you with the changes to the specification, now we’re about to publish Third Editions of the Complete Companions for AQA A matched to the revised 2012 specification. Out this summer, these new editions of the AS and A2 Complete Companions for AQA A Student Books, Exam Companions and Mini Companions, match the revised 2012 specification.
Written by the same author team, Mike Cardwell and Cara Flanagan, these essential companions provide a range of resources for every learning style. They can be used independently or together to support everyone teaching and studying the AQA A Psychology 2012 specification.
But, what about our new A2 Exam Companion out this March? It just so happens that the A2 Exam Companion is publishing in perfect time for us to make sure it also matches the 2012 specification as part of the Third Editions series, so you can rest assured that this book will help with preparation for the exams. Take a peek at some preview material here.
For more information about the new editions or to order inspection copies, please email me at email@example.com with your school or college address.
August 19, 2011 by Cara Flanagan.
I have been informed by AQA that the new AO1 mark scheme for A2 (changing from 9 to 8 marks) will be:
June 23, 2011 by Cara Flanagan.
OUP has published free support materials to help with the changes to the AQA A specification. You can access these here. There are grids which explain the implications of changes to each topic area and nine new spreads for A2 topics that have changed considerably. When on the OUP site you just click on the links to download.
June 16, 2011 by Cara Flanagan.
We have sent two queries to AQA asking for clarification of two of the specification changes – one related to the Media section in PSYA4 and one related to the relationships section in PSYA3.
1. Query: In the new specification the section on media has a changed entry. Previously it said ‘The effects of video games and computers on young people’. It now says ‘The positive and negative effects of computers and video games on behaviour’. I just want to double check that these are two separate things ‘computers’ and ‘video games’ and that it is not meant to be ‘computer games’ and ‘video games’?
As a further question, the term ‘computers’ has such a potentially wide meaning (e.g. use of word processors, use of chat rooms, Facebook, gaming’). Is all of that acceptable?
From AQA: The response from the Principal Examiner for PSYA4 to your enquiry is as follows:
As the section focuses on media psychology, questions on computers could focus on situations where Read the rest of this entry »
January 11, 2011 by Cara Flanagan.
Most of you will know that there are changes in the AQA A specification for teaching from September 2011. The new specification has now been published (see here). I have produced a word document summarising the changes Changes from Sept 2011
The specification does not cover changes to the exam – but the letter from AQA sent out last term did say that, from January 2012, questions on Units 3 and 4 (except research methods) will be marked out of 24 (8 marks AO1 and 16 marks AO2/3).
September 7, 2010 by Cara Flanagan.
The table below shows exam statistics for all 5 boards. Interesting reading!
(Data taken from exam board websites (search ‘exam statistics’) and from JCQ website.)
July 23, 2010 by Cara Flanagan.
I have received a few questions recently about the synoptic aspect of the A2 papers and thought I would pass on my views!
The synoptic criteria has been dropped from the mark scheme. It is essentially equivalent to IDA.
ISSUES, DEBATES AND APPROACHES (IDA)
- The AO2 mark scheme includes a criterion regarding IDA.
- IDA is not credited in Psychopathology, nor in AO1 (if a question is parted and a student puts IDA in the AO1 part there is no credit). Read the rest of this entry »
January 9, 2010 by Cara Flanagan.
AQA have announced a new look answer booklet (see example here). It is essentially similar to the older-style ones, just with lines, though there are special spaces to insert the number of the question being answered. This is just for the A2 papers.