The Psychology Press A-Level Programme
Now available! The AS Psychology Exam Companion, by Clare Charles, providing a range of example exam questions, with expert advice to help students prepare for their AQA-A AS Psychology examinations.
Our full-colour A2 Level Psychology, which meets the requirements of the new AQA-A Psychology A2 level specification for examinations from 2010, was released in May 2009.
We have also launched our new A2 Level Psychology Online program which provides extensive teacher and student resources to support this textbook. This will now include the full text of the updated Revise A2 Level Psychology, our complete A2 Level revision guide.
Access to our complete A-Level Psychology Online (both AS level Psychology Online AND A2 Level Psychology Online) will be supplied free of charge to schools and colleges that recommend both our AS and our A2 textbooks!
Published May 2009: A2 Level Psychology, by Michael W. Eysenck
Designed specifically for the new AQA-A Psychology A2 Level specification for teaching from September 2009, this is the ideal follow-up to AS Level Psychology, 4th Edition, but also to any AS-Level textbook.
"This excellent text will be an invaluable resource for both teachers and students of A-Level Psychology. There is detailed coverage of the AQA-A specification, including helpful advice on examination preparation, and I found the clarity of presentation and helpful features in each chapter make the material very accessible." - Dr Dave Putwain, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Edge Hill University
"Written by experienced psychologists from varying backgrounds, pupils and teachers alike will find this book helpful in covering all the aspects of the new A2 Psychology prospectus. The 'Psychology in Action' sections are particularly fascinating. The more biological aspects of the course are covered clearly and concisely. The book will particularly appeal to course and lesson planners who can also incorporate the various presentations, exercises, activities and multiple choice questions from the related on-line site." - Linda Fletcher, experienced Psychology teacher and head of department (retired), and member of the Association for the Teaching of Psychology
A2 Level Psychology is written by the distinguished psychologist and bestselling textbook author, Michael W. Eysenck, incorporating contributions, advice and feedback from a host of A-Level teachers and psychologists including Philip Banyard, Evie Bentley, Clare Charles, Diana Dwyer, Mark Griffiths and Craig Roberts.
Written in an engaging and accessible style, the book includes chapters on all of the compulsory and optional topics that are on the new A2 syllabus, covering each topic in sufficient depth for the requirements of the A2 course. Key highlights of this book include:
A new focus on the nature and scope of psychology as a science:
This is one of the most significant elements of the new specification. Our book addresses this by:
- Integrating research methods and ethics throughout all chapters as well as in the Research Methods chapter.
- Emphasising 'How Science Works' with new text boxes providing examples of practical research activities that students can try.
- Providing guidance throughout on ethical issues and methods both within the text and in exam hints throughout the book.
Packed with exam strategy advice:
- We include a strong emphasis on exam technique, devoting a whole chapter to preparing for the A2 exam. This offers guidance on how to study and how to do well in the exam.
- Throughout the book are exam hints and tips on picking up marks, and we provide revision questions at the end of each chapter.
In full colour with excellent layout and features:
- Produced in full colour with colour-coded chapters for easy reference, the book retains the accessible layout, thorough content, pedagogic features, and excellent writing style of previous editions.
- Features include clear section summaries, case studies, key-term boxes, self-assessment questions, activities, exam hints, text boxes, numerous figures and cartoons, further reading sections and references to accompanying online materials.
Published in May 2008: AS Level Psychology, fourth edition, by Michael W. Eysenck
It has a new focus on the nature and scope of psychology as a science with an emphasis on how science works, and guidance on how to engage students in practical scientific research activities.
The book includes coverage of six key areas in psychology: human memory, early social development, research methods, stress, social influence and abnormality. It retains the thorough content, volume of features and excellent writing style of previous editions with a fully structured layout to improve accessibility. Chapters focus on the application of knowledge and understanding of the text to help students develop skills of analysis, evaluation and critical thinking.
This edition is packed with advice on exam technique, giving students the best chance possible of the highest grades. A whole chapter is devoted to 'preparing for the AS Exam' with guidance on how to study and how to pass. Hints and tips on picking up marks are frequent throughout the text as well as constant page references to the summarised content in our companion AS revision guide. However, unlike other A Level textbooks which focus solely on passing the exam, AS Level Psychology, fourth edition is also designed to foster an interest in the study of psychology as a subject. To this end, the book includes an additional general chapter to introduce the theories and explanations that make psychology a fascinating discipline.
AS Level Psychology, fourth edition is supported by our extensive web-based multi-media package, AS Psychology Online. Student resources (available on a subscription basis to all schools and sixth form colleges that adopt the text) have been updated to include even more animations and interactive exercises, as well as relevant podcasts with key figures in Psychology. We also provide teacher resources free of charge to qualifying adopters which include a week-by-week teaching plan, sample essays, chapter-by-chapter lecture presentations, and classroom exercises and activities.
Published in July 2008: OCR Psychology: AS Core Studies and Research Methods, 2nd edition by Philip Banyard & Cara Flanagan
It gives the who, the what, the where and even the why of each of the core studies. It also includes thorough coverage of the Research Methods section of the course. Specifically it covers:
Core studies: an abstract of each study plus ample details of the aims, method, results and conclusions. Guidance is given on how each study can be evaluated and a wealth of extra materials are provided for each study - practical activities, discussion ideas, multiple choice and exam-style questions, diagrammatic summaries, further reading and video links.
Background to each core study: information about related research before and after the study; and biographical details of the researcher(s).
Key issues: sixteen issues are discussed to cover the themes of the course and prepare students for the long-answer questions.
Psychological investigations chapter guides students in understanding research methods in psychology, necessary for the psychological investigations exam and also for understanding the core studies themselves.
Exam guidance: short and long-answer exam-style questions answered by students with examiner's comments.
The book is presented in visually stunning magazine-style spreads. Now in full colour, it includes even more illustrations and figures to aid the learning process.
The book's accompanying website contains:
- A text bank of multiple-choice questions
- Answers to all questions posed in the book
- Model A-grade answers to the long answer questions at the end of each chapter
- A glossary of key terms
This website will be free-of-charge to qualifying adopters and their students.