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Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and human behaviour.

Psychologists observe and conduct experiments to find out more about the way people act and interact. They try to understand what motivates us, challenges or changes us and use this understanding to help us tackle personal and social problems. Psychology is currently offered for teaching in the Sixth Form only because of its complex and mature content.

Topics

Year 12

Year 13

• Social influence

• Memory

• Attachment

• Approaches in psychology

• Biopsychology

• Psychopathology

• Research methods

 

Compulsory content

• Issues and debates in psychology

 

Optional content

Option one

• Relationships, Gender, Cognition and development

Option two

• Schizophrenia, Eating behaviour, Stress

Option three

• Aggression, Forensic psychology, Addiction

 

As well as developing the necessary subject knowledge and skills to successfully meet the requirements of the specification, students will be expected to develop and defend their own viewpoints on a number of issues within Psychology. They will also develop appropriate research skills to plan and carry out psychological investigations.

Students will be expected to complete regular assessments of the work covered in lessons through structured and short-answer questions. Students will also be expected to show wider reading through the completion of essays throughout the course. Homework will usually be between 3-5 hours per week.

 

Assessment

AS level

  • AS Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology (50%) - 1 hour 30 minutes exam

Introductory topics in psychology: learn about conformity, social norms, how the mind remembers and forgets and how children form attachments

  • AS Paper 2: Psychology in Context (50%) - 1 hour 30 minutes exam

Psychology in context: learn more about the different approaches in psychology and how to design and conduct your own research.

The exams consist of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

 

A level

  • A level Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology (33.3%) - 2 hour exam
  • A level Paper 2: Psychology in Context (33.3%) - 2 hour exam
  • A level Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology (33.3%) - 2 hour exam

 

Where will AS and A-level Psychology take you?

Possible degree options

According to bestcourse4me.com, the top seven degree courses taken by students who have an A-level in psychology are:

  • Psychology
  • English studies
  • Sociology
  • Business studies
  • Teaching
  • Sport and exercise science
  • Law

 

Possible career options

Studying psychology at university can give you a whole host of exciting career options, including:

  • Marketing
  • Business development
  • Accountancy
  • Human resources
  • Forensic psychology
  • Occupational therapy
  • Clinical psychology
  • Nursing