Research Methods – Exam Paper – 30% of marks
Psychological themes through core studies – Exam Paper – 35% of marks
Applied Psychology – Exam Paper – 35% of marks
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 both on their own and in relation to the study they have been paired with. The core studies are placed within a broad area of investigation. Within each area, you are required to examine four core studies. These core studies are paired together around key themes. For each key theme, you need to examine both a classic and a contemporary study. For example when studying Social psychology, one key theme is responses to people in authority so the classic research by Milgram focuses on obedience and the contemporary research by Bocchiaro et al focuses on disobedience and whistleblowing.
This component is studied in year 2 of the course and consists of one compulsory section: Issues in mental health. You will also study two further applied psychology options which are criminal psychology and sports and exercise psychology. 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.