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Frequently Asked Questions

We get asked a lot of questions to do with the AQA B Psychology course. Below are some the most common ones sent to us, but if you would like to get in touch please use the contact form on the website, or head over the forum and ask away.

FAQ's List

  • I'm a student and need some help with a topic
    • If you need help, don't worry, you can post your question on this forum, and you'll definitely get some useful responses. Give it a go, its free!
  • My exams are coming up, and I need to know a good method that will aid help me pass and get a decent grade, but I don't have much time left
    • It has always been said that revision should be started well before the examinations. Though, provuiding that you haven't left it about a week or so before the exam, there may still be time. Psychology is a subject that can be passed easily so long as the correct methods are used, these are known to be revision and practice. Before attempting a practice paper in the subject you need to know the material or you simply won't have a clue to the answers of the questions asked. Revision at the same time needs to be an active process, test yourself to exercise what you've just learnt. It is easier said than done, but it will all be worth while when you get the grade you want at the end. An important issue with this particular subject is to also take into consideration information like experiments - these are the things that will get you the top marks. Once you know a resonable amount on a module, you can then attempt the examination papers. It's vital to prtactice them over and over again. There are plenty of past exam papers to go through to test the material you have learnt. The format will also be exactly the same as the real examination paper, so having done them more than once, you'll be familiar with what to expect and where. Also practicing the papers is an important aid to revision, knowing how to structure the correct answers is also imperative. The longer, essay based questions is where you can demonstrate your learning with theories, evidence and criticism. Also, if you consult the model answers, you'll find the top answers have all of these things which are displayed in a well-structured format - this is what the examiner wants to see. So overall, to get the best marks: don't leave it too late, revise well and practice well.
  • There is a certain module which I am finding difficulty in and I don't know how to approach it with revision
    • There will be parts of the course which you may finding difficult or parts which might take longer to learn comapred to other aspects of the A-level course. In such situations, the earlier one identifies this the better. If you find that you are having difficulty to grasp a certain area, then a sensible measure to take is to begin to spend more time on it than the easier areas of the course. You may also find that the course book you are using doesn't explain the concept very well, you may want to try another book - all books have their strength and weaknesses and often explain concepts in different ways. A possble option is to also consider approaching your teacher and getting perhaps a small get together where he/she can further develop on the points you can't understand. There could also be questions which might trigger a blank response, these also of course need to be looked into as well. Questions are a good way of determining areas that need more time and understanding, they exercise on what you already know - hence the concept of examinations.
  • What is the difference between psychology A and B Spec (is one more difficult than the other)? Why are examinations being held at different times between the two specifications?
    • There are two specifications that AQA offer in psychology, these are A and B. It isn't particularly true that one is harder than the other as the college often chooses various options to study (you can see what options are available by viewing the syllabus). It is possible to see that some parts of the A spec is also the same as the B spec, and other areas are not. Having said that, the A spec is the more common one - there are more resources for it such as books, revision material and of courses websites. Having said that, there are also dedicated books and other resources also available for the B spec. Sitting examinations are down to the college. Some institutions prefer to hold their examinations in January and then again in the Summer term for the next module, others prefer to have all their examinations all in one go. The time at which examinations are expected to be held isn't known to be a requirement set by the course itself.
  • I would just like to know what percentage I would require to get a D in psychology overall? All round, what types of grades should I be getting to get a D?
    • It can be difficult to say, because sometimes people achieve decent grades in coursework or even exams and then perform less well on later coursework and exams which generally brings the mark down. On the other hand, some students maintain a average of about a C (give or take a few marks) and usually end up with a D. If you're aiming for a D you may want to get at least one exam or coursework with a good grade (if you haven't done so already) so if you were to achieve something lower than expected, that higher grade you got earlier will counter you falling lower than a D, and may prevent you from even failing.