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    I'm gonna be taking Business Studies, Accounting and Economics. Along with that I thought I might take up Psychology as well as I have interest in the subject but what I wanted to ask was that if any of you took the subject or are currently taking it, can you kindly guide me about the difficulty and what's required in the paper etc? Thanks.
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    Hey, I just finished year 13 and did psychology at AS level. I never studied it at GCSE's and was interested in doing it in in sixth-form- now I did find it extremely interesting, however always got low grades throughout the year. We did the WJEC board meaning my course was 100% exam and mostly essay based , which consisted of two exams- the first was PY1 (40%): here I learnt about all the approaches/perspectives to psychology (biological, cognitive, psychodynamic, behavioral) within each approach you learn about theory, therapy, methodology, as well as comparing and contrasting approaches (here you also learn about different psychologists and their therapies and theories etc...)

    The second exam was PY2 (60%) you learn 10 core studies based on psychologist(s) and a theme such as Milgram who studied obedience and wanted to know if people would do certain things if ordered as well as focusing on conflict between obedience to authority and personal conscience. Each core study had context and aims, findings and conclusions, methodology and alternative evidence- which were all essay based also worth 12 marks If I remember correctly?? Now this exam was super hard because there were 50 possible essays that could come up, making it extremely hard to revise for!! At the end of this exam there was Research methods which had 3 markers and was kind of maths based. In my case I was, and still am, extremely bad at math and have very bad memory so I failed and got a U on both papers. I must add that it was disgraceful that I do English and still managed to write these essays horrifically (psychology essays are structured in such a way that ensures you include all the write key words and info which I am not used to). My advice to you is that if you know you can memorise essays then you'll be ok- though it depends if your college does the same exam board because I know other boards do the course different. Anyways I hope this made sense and is insightful, sorry its long winded!
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    I'm doing the new psychology specification, it depends on the kind of student you are, the longest question in AS is 12 marks, there are some multiple choice and short answer questions. It's difficulty depends on your strengths, if your good at application and recall then it would be quite easy. For AS there are two exam papers, each contains 3 topics and weighted at 50% each.
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    (Original post by justastudent321)
    Hey, I just finished year 13 and did psychology at AS level. I never studied it at GCSE's and was interested in doing it in in sixth-form- now I did find it extremely interesting, however always got low grades throughout the year. We did the WJEC board meaning my course was 100% exam and mostly essay based , which consisted of two exams- the first was PY1 (40%): here I learnt about all the approaches/perspectives to psychology (biological, cognitive, psychodynamic, behavioral) within each approach you learn about theory, therapy, methodology, as well as comparing and contrasting approaches (here you also learn about different psychologists and their therapies and theories etc...)

    The second exam was PY2 (60%) you learn 10 core studies based on psychologist(s) and a theme such as Milgram who studied obedience and wanted to know if people would do certain things if ordered as well as focusing on conflict between obedience to authority and personal conscience. Each core study had context and aims, findings and conclusions, methodology and alternative evidence- which were all essay based also worth 12 marks If I remember correctly?? Now this exam was super hard because there were 50 possible essays that could come up, making it extremely hard to revise for!! At the end of this exam there was Research methods which had 3 markers and was kind of maths based. In my case I was, and still am, extremely bad at math and have very bad memory so I failed and got a U on both papers. I must add that it was disgraceful that I do English and still managed to write these essays horrifically (psychology essays are structured in such a way that ensures you include all the write key words and info which I am not used to). My advice to you is that if you know you can memorise essays then you'll be ok- though it depends if your college does the same exam board because I know other boards do the course different. Anyways I hope this made sense and is insightful, sorry its long winded!
    Thanks a lot for the reply! Yeah I'll check for which board I'm giving, I'll probably do the the WJEC though so let's see how it pans out. I can drop it in A-2 in case I dont get good grades in AS. Thanks for guiding me though.
 
 
 
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