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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Cognitive psychology (Memory) The Complete Companion series
Small changes to wording but no effect on what you teach or what can be examined.

AQA (A) specification changes
Research Methods No changes

AS Psychology
Individuals Differences (Abnormality) No changes




Developmental psychology ­ Attachment


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

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perspective, including Bowlby', now no
need to refer to evolutionary theory.
· The effects of disruption of attachment, failure to form attachment (privation) and institutional care
Attachment in everyday life
36 12 46--49 24--25
- -
· Types of attachment: secure attachment, insecure- avoidant and insecure- resistant
Types of attachment…

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136--137 38 88--89 82--83

Social Psychology: Social influence
Social influence
`Physiological' changed to `biological'. `Cognitive behavioural therapy' now specified as `stress inoculation
therapy'. Already covered in the books.


· Conformity (majority influence) and explanations of why people conform,
Conformity tied specifically to majority influence, as covered in the


52--153 41…

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

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6-7 9
8-9 10
Sleep
· The nature of sleep including stages of sleep and lifespan changes in sleep · Functions of sleep,
including evolutionary and restoration explanations
Small change, covered in chapter.
Disorders of sleep · Explanations for sleep disorders, including insomnia, including primary and secondary
insomnia and factors…

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hanges PSYA3 continued
highlighted

Relationships




in grey


The formation,
· Theories of the formation, maintenance and breakdown of romantic relationships:


maintenance and
for example, reward/need satisfaction, social exchange theory breakdown of
No change.
romantic relationships Evolutionary
· The relationship between sexual selection and human reproductive behaviour
explanations of

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· Evolutionary explanations of parental investment: for example, Sex differences in
NEW SPREAD: This now focuses solely on sex differences. In the


0-51 29 human reproductive
parental investment, parent- offspring conflict
books we
included parent--offspring conflict as example of behaviour
parental investment. Parent--offspring conflict is not longer relevant. Effects of…

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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.

  • Created by: Rachel
  • Created on: 28-10-11 13:03

Pages in this set

Page 1

Preview of page 1
Cognitive psychology (Memory) The Complete Companion series
Small changes to wording but no effect on what you teach or what can be examined.

AQA (A) specification changes
Research Methods No changes

AS Psychology
Individuals Differences (Abnormality) No changes




Developmental psychology ­ Attachment


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

Page 2

Preview of page 2
perspective, including Bowlby', now no
need to refer to evolutionary theory.
· The effects of disruption of attachment, failure to form attachment (privation) and institutional care
Attachment in everyday life
36 12 46--49 24--25
- -
· Types of attachment: secure attachment, insecure- avoidant and insecure- resistant
Types of attachment…

Page 3

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136--137 38 88--89 82--83

Social Psychology: Social influence
Social influence
`Physiological' changed to `biological'. `Cognitive behavioural therapy' now specified as `stress inoculation
therapy'. Already covered in the books.


· Conformity (majority influence) and explanations of why people conform,
Conformity tied specifically to majority influence, as covered in the


52--153 41…

Page 4

Preview of page 4
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
**Note that, where there are specification changes, the
end--of--chapter review may…

Page 5

Preview of page 5
6-7 9
8-9 10
Sleep
· The nature of sleep including stages of sleep and lifespan changes in sleep · Functions of sleep,
including evolutionary and restoration explanations
Small change, covered in chapter.
Disorders of sleep · Explanations for sleep disorders, including insomnia, including primary and secondary
insomnia and factors…

Page 6

Preview of page 6
hanges PSYA3 continued
highlighted

Relationships




in grey


The formation,
· Theories of the formation, maintenance and breakdown of romantic relationships:


maintenance and
for example, reward/need satisfaction, social exchange theory breakdown of
No change.
romantic relationships Evolutionary
· The relationship between sexual selection and human reproductive behaviour
explanations of

Page 7

Preview of page 7
· Evolutionary explanations of parental investment: for example, Sex differences in
NEW SPREAD: This now focuses solely on sex differences. In the


0-51 29 human reproductive
parental investment, parent- offspring conflict
books we
included parent--offspring conflict as example of behaviour
parental investment. Parent--offspring conflict is not longer relevant. Effects of…

Comments

Venrease Sturlong

Report

This is great. Thanks