Content changes: Options

The new curriculum is available on the OCC as of February 8th.  You will see that there are some significant changes to the content of the options, which are assessed on Paper 2.

First, there are no longer stated learning outcomes that will serve as exam questions.

Secondly, now one question must be asked from each section of each option.  This may open up the curriculum to a lot more flexibility.

Finally, the sports psychology option is no longer offered.

Changes to abnormal psychology

  • There are now five disorders to choose from: anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, trauma and stress-related disorders and eating disorders.  Students must study one disorder.

New content

  • Classificatory systems
  • The role of clinical biases in diagnosis
  • The role of culture in treatment

Content that will no longer be assessed

  • Eclectic approaches to treatment
  • Group therapy
  • The relationship between aetiology and therapeutic approach.

Changes to developmental psychology

New content

  • Role of peers and play
  • The role of poverty/socio-economic status
  • Gender identity and social roles
  • Development of empathy and theory of mind
  • Brain development

Content that will no longer be assessed

  • The limited focus on gender roles.
  • Cultural variations in gender roles
  • Theories of adolescence
  • The relationship between physical change and development of identity during adolescence.

Changes to health psychology

Students should focus on one health issue: stress, addiction, obesity, chronic pain, sexual health.

New content

  • Biopsychosocial model of health and well-being
  • Dispositional factors and health beliefs
  • Risk and protective factors
  • Prevalence rates of health problems.
  • The effectiveness of health promotion programs.

Content that will no longer be assessed

  • The word "strategies" is no longer used; students will evaluate specific health promotion programs.
  • Students will not be required to study stress, obesity and addiction. They will only focus on one area of health psychology.
  • Coping with stress
  • Prevention strategies and treatments

Changes to human relationships

New content

  • Cooperation and conflict
  • Prejudice and discrimination
  • Origins of conflict and conflict resolution
  • Promoting pro-social behaviour

Content that will no longer be assessed

  • Theories of altruism
  • Explanations of violence.
  • The effectiveness of strategies for reducing violence.
  • The effects of short-term and long-term exposure to violence.
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