A -Level Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and human behaviour. Psychologists use scientific methods to conduct experiments to observe the way that people act and interact. Psychologists then try to understand what motivates, challenges or changes people and their behaviour. This information is then used to tackle personal and social issues. The subject combines particularly well with other science subjects and other social science subjects. It develops a set of important transferrable skills including critical analysis and research design. A-Level Psychology is a linear course: students will complete three exam papers at the end of their two years of study.
Paper 1 covers Introductory Topics in Psychology, students will study:
- Social influence
Paper 1 is assessed through a written exam lasting two hours, worth 33.3% of the A-Level.
Paper 2 covers Psychology in Context, students will study:
- Approaches in Psychology
- Research methods
Paper 2 is assessed through a written exam lasting two hours, worth 33.3% of the A-Level.
Paper 3 covers Issues and Options in Psychology, students will study:
- Forensic Psychology
Paper 3 is assessed through a written exam lasting two hours, worth 33.3% of the A-Level. You will need to have your own copies of key textbooks. The exam board is AQA. The majority of A-Level students will progress onto a Higher Education Degree at University.
Suitability - Who should attend?
You must have achieved at least five GCSE at grades A*-C / 9-5, which must include GCSE English Language. You must also achieve a grade 6 in both GCSE Maths and a GCSE science subject. Your average GCSE score must be a minimum of 5.5. You would be expected to have a satisfactory reference from your last school.
Outcome / Qualification etc.
GCE A Level or equivalent
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