Summary of course content
Cambridge International AS and A Level Psychology provides candidates opportunities to consider approaches, issues and debates and research methods that underpin all aspects of psychology. At AS Level candidates focus on 12 core studies. The core studies illustrate a wide range of research methods used in psychology, such as experiments, observations, self-reports and case studies. By exploring the relationship between the content of the study and the research methods, the candidate will gain a broad understanding of how psychologists study experiences and behaviours and why the research took place. Candidates for Cambridge International A Level Psychology study the AS Level content and two of the following options: 1. Abnormality This specialist option considers the definitions, symptoms, causes and treatments of a variety of mental disorders. 2. Consumer behaviour This specialist option reflects the society in which we live and looks at both seller and purchaser as well as the design of consumer environments. 3. Health This specialist option focuses on health issues, including pain and stress. 4. Organisations This specialist option considers the world of work, and how individuals and groups within an organisation function and influence each other and have an impact on the organisation itself.
The syllabus aims to:
- provide an introduction to psychological concepts, theories and research findings
- create an understanding of the range and limitations of psychological theory and practice
- encourage candidates to explore and understand the relationship between psychological findings and everyday life develop skills of analysis, interpretation, application and evaluation
- develop an understanding of ethical issues in psychology, including the moral and ethical implications of psychological research
- promote an appreciation and understanding of individual, social and cultural diversity
- study psychological approaches, issues and debates and research methods
- improve communication skills
How the course is assessed
take Papers 1 and 2 only (for the Cambridge International AS Level qualification)
follow a staged assessment route by taking Papers 1 and 2 (for Cambridge International AS Level qualification) in one examination series, then Papers 3 and 4 (for the Cambridge International A Level qualification) in a later examination series
take Papers 1, 2, 3 and 4 in the same examination series, leading to the full Cambridge International A Level.
Guided Learning Hours
Guided learning hours give an indication of the amount of contact time teachers need to have with learners to deliver a particular course. Our syllabuses are designed around 180 guided learning hours for Cambridge International AS Level, and around 360 guided learning hours for Cambridge International A Level.