AQA A Level Psychology (Paper 1) (Mark Scheme) 2021- Introductory topics in psychology
AQA A Level Psychology (Paper 1) (Mark Scheme) 2021- Introductory topics in psychology

A-level

PSYCHOLOGY

7182/1

Paper 1 Introductory topics in psychology

Mark scheme

June 2021

Version: 1.0 Final Mark Scheme

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Mark schemes are prepared by the Lead Assessment Writer and considered, together with the relevant

questions, by a panel of subject teachers. This mark scheme includes any amendments made at the

standardisation events which all associates participate in and is the scheme which was used by them in

this examination. The standardisation process ensures that the mark scheme covers the students’

responses to questions and that every associate understands and applies it in the same correct way.

As preparation for standardisation each associate analyses a number of students’ scripts. Alternative

answers not already covered by the mark scheme are discussed and legislated for. If, after the

standardisation process, associates encounter unusual answers which have not been raised they are

required to refer these to the Lead Examiner.

It must be stressed that a mark scheme is a working document, in many cases further developed and

expanded on the basis of students’ reactions to a particular paper. Assumptions about future mark

schemes on the basis of one year’s document should be avoided; whilst the guiding principles of

assessment remain constant, details will change, depending on the content of a particular examination

paper.

Further copies of this mark scheme are available from aqa.org.uk

Copyright information

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internal use, with the following important exception: AQA cannot give permission to schools/colleges to photocopy any material that is acknowledged to a third

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Level of response marking instructions

Level of response mark schemes are broken down into levels, each of which has a descriptor. The

descriptor for the level shows the average performance for the level. There are marks in each level.

Before you apply the mark scheme to a student’s answer read through the answer and annotate it (as

instructed) to show the qualities that are being looked for. You can then apply the mark scheme.

Step 1 Determine a level

Start at the lowest level of the mark scheme and use it as a ladder to see whether the answer meets the

descriptor for that level. The descriptor for the level indicates the different qualities that might be seen in

the student’s answer for that level. If it meets the lowest level then go to the next one and decide if it

meets this level, and so on, until you have a match between the level descriptor and the answer. With

practice and familiarity you will find that for better answers you will be able to quickly skip through the

lower levels of the mark scheme.

When assigning a level you should look at the overall quality of the answer and not look to pick holes in

small and specific parts of the answer where the student has not performed quite as well as the rest. If

the answer covers different aspects of different levels of the mark scheme you should use a best fit

approach for defining the level and then use the variability of the response to help decide the mark within

the level, ie if the response is predominantly level 3 with a small amount of level 4 material it would be

placed in level 3 but be awarded a mark near the top of the level because of the level 4 content.

Step 2 Determine a mark

Once you have assigned a level you need to decide on the mark. The descriptors on how to allocate

marks can help with this. The exemplar materials used during standardisation will help. Answers in the

standardising materials will correspond with the different levels of the mark scheme. These answers will

have been awarded a mark by the Lead Examiner. You can compare the student’s answer with the

standardised examples to determine if it is the same standard, better or worse than the example. You

can then use this to allocate a mark for the answer based on the Lead Examiner’s mark on the example.

You may well need to read back through the answer as you apply the mark scheme to clarify points and

assure yourself that the level and the mark are appropriate.

Indicative content in the mark scheme is provided as a guide for examiners. It is not intended to be

exhaustive and you must credit other valid points. Students do not have to cover all of the points

mentioned in the indicative content to reach the highest level of the mark scheme.

An answer which contains nothing of relevance to the question must be awarded no marks.

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