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Hello everyone.

I'm currently studying Edexcel psychology A level and I've noticed there aren't many people doing this specification compared to the others like AQA.

I'm self studying it and have some questions for people who are studying this at sixth form/college and just for general discussion of the A level.

I'm unsure about exam technique, I know about AO1 etc but not sure how to order it and link everything together. What have people been told by their teachers? I'm also a little unsure about the practical investigations, how important are they and how rigorous do they need to be? Thanks in advance for answers.
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Hi,

I have been self studying the course as well. I do agree with you about there not being very many people doing this specification on TSR, but taking a look at Edexcels statistics for those that sat this specification in 2017, they numbered at 4757 students in total. We are not alone!
(AO=Assessment Objectives)
AO1 marks are available for descriptions of theories/studies and examine the extent of your knowledge on the topic. They are cured by words like Describe/Explain/Outline.
AO2 marks are available for questions that require you to refer closely to a context that will be given in the question stem as stimulus material.
AO3 marks are given for your evaluation points and examine your understanding of how science works (GRAVE is a really useful mnemonic that can help you score AO3 marks).

How the marks for a question are allocated with respect to each of the AO's will depend on the command word or words used in the question. Usually questions with less than 8 marks available will only be testing one or two of the assessment objectives.

You also have to remember that the new mark schemes are levels based. The more logical reasoning evident in your writing and the more balanced the argument, the more likely you are to score in the higher levels of the scheme.

I would say the practical investigations are very important. Even though the last sitting group (2017) did not answer a question on the practicals...the examiners can set extended response questions on them in any of the 3 papers and it is not wise to make things up on the fly. Most of the examiners are graduates in Psychology and they can tell the difference between cooked results and the real deal. Besides, the practical investigations are all incredible fun! As long as you use content from within the specification, you have the freedom to get your hands dirty with some actual research! Why wait if you're going to do it rigorously anyway during your undergraduate studies?

All the best,

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has anyone got any resources for the key questions in paper 2 such as child psychology as i cannot find any resources online
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How was the paper?
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(Original post by Synaptic Gap)
Hello everyone.

I'm currently studying Edexcel psychology A level and I've noticed there aren't many people doing this specification compared to the others like AQA.

I'm self studying it and have some questions for people who are studying this at sixth form/college and just for general discussion of the A level.

I'm unsure about exam technique, I know about AO1 etc but not sure how to order it and link everything together. What have people been told by their teachers? I'm also a little unsure about the practical investigations, how important are they and how rigorous do they need to be? Thanks in advance for answers.
My teacher told me to do the AO1 and AO3 in seperated paragraphs. One thing that you need to do in order to link your evaluative points to the topic is to use the PEEL technique. Point Evidence Explain Link. Also try to use key terms such as validity reliability etc. and specialist terminology.
Your AO3 points should be balanced in terms of strenghts and weaknesses or you will not gain high marks due to the level of your answer, no matter how good your AO1/AO2 is.
When you are asked to apply (AO2) make sure you use the name of the individual from the context in the beginning. Write your essay using the person stated. For example; Reasons for Jessie to show anti-social behaviour might be due to observations of violent behaviour, which she then imitated. Evaluate if asked.

For the practical investigations, simply they might ask anything about a typical study. Aim, procedure, results, evaluations, conclusions, and ways to improve your study. One of the previous past papers in IAL I guess asked about practical investigations, use the mark scheme if the topic is same for both A2 and IAL. You never know what will come up if it's Edexcel. I'm doing it too but its IAL.

Hope this helps :)
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has anyone got any resources for the key questions in paper 2 such as child psychology as i cannot find any resources online
http://www.psychologywizard.net/resources.html
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Sorry this is probably a little off topic but what is the practical assesment all about. Do you actually complete these in class or do you just use this as examples in exams. The reason i ask i because i'm trying to include Edexcel on my revision website (Not yet published) which would cover a level psychology. Also what helps you revise, is there a specific website or resource type you guys use. Any help would be gratley appreciated.
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Sorry this is probably a little off topic but what is the practical assesment all about. Do you actually complete these in class or do you just use this as examples in exams. The reason i ask i because i'm trying to include Edexcel on my revision website (Not yet published) which would cover a level psychology. Also what helps you revise, is there a specific website or resource type you guys use. Any help would be gratley appreciated.
Hi, the practical assessment is something we have to do ourselves gathering data and making our own study within college usually. In the exam we get asked questions on it like if you could improve your study in cognitive study what would you do? or name one finding you found in your practical assessment?
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Hi, the practical assessment is something we have to do ourselves gathering data and making our own study within college usually. In the exam we get asked questions on it like if you could improve your study in cognitive study what would you do? or name one finding you found in your practical assessment?
That’s great thank you because personally i’m on the AQA board.
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What's everyone's predictions for the a level exams
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Helloooo, how in God's name do we structure the Issues and Debates/ the key questions? Also what is the highest marked question that could come up regarding practical investigations?
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Helloooo, how in God's name do we structure the Issues and Debates/ the key questions? Also what is the highest marked question that could come up regarding practical investigations?
Not so sure about the practical investigation, but can help with the issues and debates. Unfortunately you will have to learn the definitions, however linking and using across the board as evaluation helps memorise the debates and prevents you from needing to learn countless extra studies. For example, Determinism and Free will. (Debate) links to the biological approach ( link) which means that Mcguffin 1996 (study) is highly deterministic as it tests for biological determinism. This means that when you evaluate the bio approach you can use your issues and debates knowlage. Hope this helps
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