AQA psychology syllabus coverBelow are links to A level psychology revision notes organised by module and topic.

The AQA psychology A level assessment consists of 3 exam papers (2 for AS). These are:

Note: AS level topics are in bold, whereas A level topics are not. The entire issues and options in psychology module is for A level only, not AS.

a level psychology introductory topics

Introductory topics

Social influence




a level psychology in context

Psychology in context

Approaches in psychology


Research methods

a level issues and options psychology

Issues and options in psychology

Issues and debates in psychology

Option 1



Cognition and development

  • Piaget’s theory
    • Schemas
    • Assimilation
    • Accommodation
    • Equilibration
  • Vygotsky’s theory
    • Zone of proximal development
    • Scaffolding
  • Baillargeon’s theory
  • Development of social cognition
    • Selma’s levels of perspective-taking
    • Theory of mind
      • Explanation of autism
      • Sally-Anne study
    • Mirror neurons

Option 2


Eating behaviour


  • Physiology of stress
    • General adaptation syndrome
    • The hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal system
    • The sympathomedullary pathway
    • Cortisol
  • The role of stress in illness
    • Immunosuppression
    • Cardiovascular disorders
  • Sources of stress
  • Measuring stress
  • Individual differences in stress
  • Managing stress

Option 3


Forensic psychology

  • Offender profiling
    • Top-down approach
    • Bottom-up approach
  • Biological explanations of offending behaviour
  • Psychological explanations of offending behaviour
  • Dealing with offending behaviour