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Reply 1
Just did my AS, and there’s nothing related to criminology in AS. In A level, the closest you’ll get is studying psychology and abnormality.
Reply 2
Original post by dinah.m
Just did my AS, and there’s nothing related to criminology in AS. In A level, the closest you’ll get is studying psychology and abnormality.


cool thanks for the info....and this is for CIE right? Other than that, how did you personally find psychology? If I'm more of an essay type student, will it be suitable for me?
Reply 3
Yeah, this is CIE. There’s a lot of information to memorize, so if you’re good at that, you should be alright. Regarding essays, there’s an 8 mark question and a 10 mark question in Paper 2 and one 10 marker in Paper 1. They’re relatively short essays (you can’t choose the length as there’s limited space on your answer script- usually just one side of a page for 10 marks). I’m not sure about A level because I haven’t done those papers yet.
Original post by ANO-NI-MUS
cool thanks for the info....and this is for CIE right? Other than that, how did you personally find psychology? If I'm more of an essay type student, will it be suitable for me?
Original post by ANO-NI-MUS
cool thanks for the info....and this is for CIE right? Other than that, how did you personally find psychology? If I'm more of an essay type student, will it be suitable for me?


Original post by dinah.m
Yeah, this is CIE. There’s a lot of information to memorize, so if you’re good at that, you should be alright. Regarding essays, there’s an 8 mark question and a 10 mark question in Paper 2 and one 10 marker in Paper 1. They’re relatively short essays (you can’t choose the length as there’s limited space on your answer script- usually just one side of a page for 10 marks). I’m not sure about A level because I haven’t done those papers yet.


Agreed with what dinah.m has said. Although regarding A2, you'll be provided a separate booklet for writing your answers. A looot more info to remember in comparison to AS. As for essay questions are two questions (per section) with two parts each that are worth 8 and 10 marks in paper 3. In paper 4, you've got 1 question divided into two marks worth 10 and 8 marks respectively, and one more question worth 12 marks. Essays will be longer compared to AS since there's no limit to writing (as far as I know. I haven't seen the actual booklet for myself, yet.)

Thing about psychology and abnormality is that it's all about mental disorders, its origins, types, and treatments (you will learn about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression, non substance addictive disorders, anxiety and phobia related disorders, and obsessive compulsive disorder). I have no knowledge about criminology so if there's anything that remotely fits what you're looking for then this is the topic for you, except you'd have to wait for an entire year since this is in A2. Plus, A2 requires that you choose two sections out of four (psych and abnormality, consumer psych, psych and health, psych and organizations. Think of it as being able to choose chapters you'd like to learn in the syllabus.) so you'll splitting your time learning those two sections rather than being able to focus on one.
Reply 5
Original post by username3837728
Agreed with what dinah.m has said. Although regarding A2, you'll be provided a separate booklet for writing your answers. A looot more info to remember in comparison to AS. As for essay questions are two questions (per section) with two parts each that are worth 8 and 10 marks in paper 3. In paper 4, you've got 1 question divided into two marks worth 10 and 8 marks respectively, and one more question worth 12 marks. Essays will be longer compared to AS since there's no limit to writing (as far as I know. I haven't seen the actual booklet for myself, yet.)

Thing about psychology and abnormality is that it's all about mental disorders, its origins, types, and treatments (you will learn about schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression, non substance addictive disorders, anxiety and phobia related disorders, and obsessive compulsive disorder). I have no knowledge about criminology so if there's anything that remotely fits what you're looking for then this is the topic for you, except you'd have to wait for an entire year since this is in A2. Plus, A2 requires that you choose two sections out of four (psych and abnormality, consumer psych, psych and health, psych and organizations. Think of it as being able to choose chapters you'd like to learn in the syllabus.) so you'll splitting your time learning those two sections rather than being able to focus on one.


heyy how did your exams go?

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