Research Methods – Exam Paper (2 hours) – 1/3 of final grade
Psychological themes through core studies – Exam Paper (2 hours) – 1/3 of final grade
Applied Psychology – Exam Paper (2 hours) – 1/3 of final grade
You will become familiar with the four main techniques for collecting and analysing data. These are self-report, experiment, observation and correlation. You will also need to be familiar with planning and conducting research, data recording, analysis and presentation, report writing and science in psychology. You will carry out your own small-scale practical activities and reflect on your experiences.
Psychological themes through core studies
This section will assess your knowledge and understanding of the core studies as well as your ability to evaluate the studies and see them in the context of psychological areas, perspectives and debates. The core studies are placed within a broad area of investigation. Within each area, you are required to examine three core studies, which are focussed around key themes. The 15 selected core studies reflect the contribution of psychology to an understanding of individual, social and cultural diversity.
This component is studied in Year 2 of the course and consists of two compulsory sections: Issues in mental health and criminal psychology. You will also study a further applied psychology option which is child psychology. Here, you will learn to apply methodological issues and debates in psychology, recognise the contribution the key research has made to the topic, and apply your knowledge to suggest ways in which improvements can be made to society.