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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  • Created on: 28-10-11 13:03

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Cognitive
psychology





(Memory)




Small
changes
to
wording
but
no
effect
on
what
you
teach
or
what
can
be
examined.

The
Complete
Companion
series

AQA
(A)
specification
changes
Research
Methods





No
changes
Changes

highlighted
in

AS
Psychology
Individuals
Differences


(Abnormality)



No
changes
chapter
colour

**Note
that,
where
there
are
specification
changes,…

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The
only
change
to
the
examination
itself
is
that
A2
questions
will
now
be
marked
out
of
24

The
Complete
Companion
series

(instead
of
25).
This
consists
of
8
marks
AO1
and
16
marks
AO2.

AQA
(A)
specification
changes
Changes

**Note
that,
where
there
are
specification
changes,
the
end-of-chapter
review…

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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…

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Changes

PSYA3
continued
highlighted

in
grey





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…

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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…

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Changes

PSYA4
continued
highlighted

in
grey






Anomalistic
psychology


Theoretical
and
· Pseudoscience
and
scientific
fraud
the
scientific
status
of
parapsychology

Scientific
fraud
removed,
scientific
status
added
which
is
already
258-259 121
methodological

covered
in
the
books
when
considering
the
pseudoscientific
status
of


issues
in
parapsychology.

the
study
of
· Controversies…

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This is great. Thanks

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