Introduction to coursework in psychology
The speciﬁcations The speciﬁcations – coursework requirements and the marking criteria – for a number of GCSE, AS, and A2 courses are summarised in Appendix 1. Read the text relating to your course to ﬁnd out what you have to do and how your work will be marked. It provides you with the coursework details for the following courses/speciﬁcations:
• AQA GCSE Psychology • AQA GCE AS/A2 Psychology (Speciﬁcation A) • AQA GCE AS/A2 Psychology (Speciﬁcation B) • OCR GCSE Psychology • OCR GCE AS/A2 Psychology • EDEXCEL GCE AS/A2 Psychology • SQA Higher Psychology
Having identiﬁed the requirements for your course you can begin reading Chapters 2, 3, and 4 as well as Chapter 9 (20 ideas for an investigation), as these will help you choose a topic for your investigation. As you develop your investigation, read the ﬁrst example report in Chapter 8 since this gives a blow-by-blow account of all the details of a project from choice of topic, to preparation, to the ﬁnished product. Chapters 5 and 6 are designed to help you analyse your data and report your results. When you are ready to begin writing up your report, consult Chapter 7, which helps you lay out your work and shows you what to put in each section of the report. It also gives advice on how to write academically and common pitfalls to avoid.