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Courses Offered

This is an A Level Course Only (GCSE Psychology is not offered)

The Team: Miss C Russell (HOD)

Exam Board: AQA

The Course

The AS Psychology qualification gives students an introduction to the basic paradigms and methodology within the discipline.  Students will learn about the cognitive processes involved in memory, the aetiology of different common psychological disorders such as depression and OCD, scientific approach to psychology, social influence including conformity and obedience, as well as basic developmental theories.  Additionally the course covers in depth analysis of different debates and approaches in psychology (nature v nurture, cultural differences, gender bias, etc.) and contains three optional topics chosen based on their suitability and popularity with the cohort (see options below).

The A level qualification allows students to develop skills in understanding the process and function of research in the academic domain. The qualification covers similar content to the AS qualification for Unit 1 and 2, with differentiation being applied through greater synoptic requirements in exam questions as well additional biological content in Unit 2.  Additionally the course covers in depth analysis of different debates and approaches in psychology (nature v nurture, cultural differences, gender bias, etc.) and contains three optional topics chosen based on their suitability and popularity with the cohort (see options below). 

Main Features of A Level Qualification (taken over two years)

Unit 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology

Weighting: Written exam 2 hrs 33.3 % of total A Level

Section A: Social Influence       (24 marks)
Section B: Memory                    (24 marks)
Section C: Attachment                (24 marks)
Section D: Psychopathology       (24 marks)

The questions will be a selection of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing.

Unit 2: Psychology in Context

Weighting: Written exam 2 hrs 33.3 % of total A Level

Section A: Approaches in Psychology  (24 marks)
Section B: Biopsychology                     (24 marks)
Section C: Research Methods               (48 marks)

Unit 3: Issues and Options in Psychology (only assessed as part of the A level qualification)

Weighting: Written exam 2 hrs 33.3% of total A Level

Section A: Compulsory: Issues and Debates in Psychology (24 marks)
Section B: Optional (any one of: Relationships or Gender) (24 marks)
Section C: Optional (any one of: Schizophrenia or Eating Behaviour) (24 marks)
Section D: Optional (Aggression) (24 marks)

All three units are examined at the end of the second year in May/June.

Progression:

Degree or careers in Neuroscience Psychology, Educational Psychology, Criminology, Social Work, Human Resources or Counselling amongst others.

What Other Subjects Go Well With Psychology?

The Psychology syllabus covers a wide range of themes and issues, so it combines well with almost any other subject and can bring useful new perspectives.

Past students have studied Psychology alongside Biology, Sociology, Business Studies, Communication Studies, English Literature, Modern Languages, Geography, History, Art and Design and Photography.

Curriculum Information