AQA A Details of Specification Changes

Hi all. I recently posted a document with the specification changes, but here is a more detailed and clearer grid written by Cara Flanagan herself. It is available to download from the OUP website, but it's easier to just download from here. I will also be posting the details of the major specification changes for specific topics within PSYA3 and PSYA4.

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Changes
PSYA3
continued
highlighted
in
grey
Relationships
The
formation,
· Theories
of
the
formation,
maintenance
and
breakdown
of
romantic
relationships:
maintenance
and
for
example,
reward/need
satisfaction,
social
exchange
theory
No
change.
breakdown
of
romantic
relationships
Evolutionary
· The
relationship
between
sexual
selection
and
human
reproductive
behaviour
explanations
of
· Evolutionary
explanations
of
parental
investment:
for
example, Sex
differences
in
NEW
SPREAD:
This
now
focuses
solely
on
sex
differences.…read more

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Changes
PSYA3
continued
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Gender
Psychological
· Cognitive
developmental
theory,
including
Kohlberg
No
change.
explanations
of
· Gender
schema
theory
gender
development
· Explanations
for
psychological
androgyny
and
gender
dysphoria
including
relevant
Androgyny
removed.
Gender
dysphoria
moved
to
biological
106-107 54
research
influence.
Biological
influences
· The
role
of
hormones
and
genes
in
gender
development
No
change.…read more

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The
Complete
Companion
series
AQA
(A)
specification
changes
A2
Psychology
PSYA4
Changes
highlighted
in
grey
colour
Section
A
Psychopathology
(Schizophrenia,
depression,
phobic
disorders,
obsessive
compulsive
disorder)
Only
change
is
to
remove
`anxiety
disorders'
and
list
phobic
disorders
and
obsessive
compulsive
disorder
separately,
suggesting
that
there
will
be
a
separate
question
for
each
of
these
rather
than
just
one
on
anxiety
disorders.
Media
Psychology
Media
influences
on
· Explanations
of
media
influences
on
pro-
and
anti-social
behaviour
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change.…read more

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PSYA4
continued
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Anomalistic
psychology
Theoretical
and
· Pseudoscience
and
scientific
fraud
the
scientific
status
of
parapsychology
Scientific
fraud
removed,
scientific
status
added
which
is
already
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methodological
covered
in
the
books
when
considering
the
pseudoscientific
status
of
issues
in
parapsychology.
the
study
of
· Controversies
relating
to
Methodological
issues
related
to
the
study
of
Focus
shifted
to
the
methodological
issues.…read more

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Venrease Sturlong

This is great. Thanks

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