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9780198393399_AS_Revision_Pack_3rd_Edition webThere are some great savings to be had on revision materials this year. The Complete Companions revision packs for Psychology AQA A, available for both AS and A2 are out now. Each pack contains both the Mini Companion and the Exam Companion, with all the essential knowledge and exam practice you need to succeed in exams, at a special saving on the cost of buying the books individually.9780198393405_A2_Revision_Pack_3rd_Edition web

What’s in the packs?

The Mini Companion reduces each spread from the Complete Companion textbook to a single page of no-frills, but essential, information needed for the exam.

The Exam Companion is the ultimate exam preparation resource, including practice questions, model answers and examiner commentaries.

What’s the saving?

The AS pack is priced at £16.00, offering a saving of £6.49 on the RRP of the individual books, while the A2 pack costs just £21.00, a saving of £5.49.

You can get hold of yours on Amazon (AS or A2) or by emailing fiona.mccollum@oup.com. Hurry though – the packs are limited editions and when they’re gone, they’re gone!

The latest edition (3rd edition) of our A2 Complete Companion has an error on page 285. The two blue boxes under the heading ‘Truth’ are in the wrong order.Type 1 2 It should be H1 is correct (There is something going on) first and then H0 (There is nothing going on) second). The true positive occurs when the truth is that H1 is correct and H0 is rejected (H1 is accepted). This is correct on page 106 of The Research Methods Companion, which is shown on the right.

Thank you Lynne Erasmus for pointing this out.

A kind lady wrote in to tell us of the following typos in the 3rd edition of the A2 Mini Companion: : ‘behaviou’ page 32, ‘deindiviiduation’ page 33, ‘of of’ page 14.

Mind you – the email called it the ‘Mini Comparison’. Nice to know we all make mistakes ;)

At the ATP conference a teacher asked me whether AQA would set an exam question about the chi-squared test where a directional hypothesis had been used. The general view amongst statisticians is that you can only use a two-tailed test with chi-squared.

I put this question to AQA who responded ‘Students would not be required to write a directional hypothesis in the context of a chi-squared test’.

There is no need for students to know about this restriction – so don’t feel you have to tell them. However, if you do tell them be assured that they would not be faced with the dilemma in the exam of having a directional hypothesis which should therefore use a one-tailed test.

And on that note I should mention an error in the Research method book. On page 110 the text says ‘You can only use test a one-tailed (directional) hypothesis with a chi-squared test’. This is wrong for a number of reasons and should say ‘You can only perform a two-tailed test with chi-squared.’

Snapping at the heels of our AS cat Coco is Ellie, the now 8 year-old Irish Setter and cover model for our brand new third edition of:

Psychology A2 - Complete Companion for AQA A

which published today!

We are delighted with the result and feel confident that it will be an invaluable new resource to support students through their A2 AQA A Psychology course from this September. It is packed with refinements on the second edition, including updated evaluation and IDA content. Most importantly, it is bang up to date with the latest AQA A specification changes.

If you haven’t already ordered yours, please email claire.beatt@oup.com with your details


The Cat is Back!

We are delighted to announce that the 3rd edition AS Student Book has landed! Cara, Mike and the whole team at OUP are delighted with it how it has turned out. We feel sure it will do a fantastic job supporting students working towards the revised AQA A specification first examined this year.


We’d love to hear what you think of the new book! Please do post your thoughts.


On page 30 there is a box for key terms. Under the pituitary-adrenal system it should say ‘adrenal cortex not adrenal medulla. And under the sympathomedullary pathway it should be adrenal medulla.

A teacher has pointed out a small error to one of our updated spreads. On the ‘Personality factors in anomalous experience’ spread that replaces pages 266-267, reference is made to an article by Wiseman and Watt (2004). In the text this is incorrectly referred to as Watson and Watt. In the box the results say ‘found a stronger link between neuroticism and negative superstitions than with positive superstitions’ but it should be the other way round ‘.. between neuroticism and positive superstitions than with negative superstitions’.

If you haven’t downloaded these free updates you can find them here.


Limited Edition Revision Pack









I’ve just heard that there are some Limited Edition AQA Complete Companion Revision Packs for AS Psychology coming out later this month, I thought I’d let you all know so you can snap them up! The pack is £15.00 and will include a copy of the AS Exam Companion and the AS Mini Companion (a saving of approx. £6.00 if the books are purchased individually). If you’d like me to order you some before they are relased please email me at claire.beatt@oup.com - alternatively they will be available on Amazon (ISBN 978 019 912996 6).

A2 Exam CompanionWe 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 claire.beatt@oup.com with your school or college address.