A-level Psychology

A-level Psychology

Psychology is often called the science of mind and behaviour. By using scientific methods, we attempt to explain how the mind works and why people behave in the way that they do. It is an ideal subject to take if you are planning on any career which involves extensive interaction with other people. Psychology is not just an academic subject, but a life skill – what could be more important than understanding other people?
 
Entry Requirements
Ideally, you should have at least a grade ‘C’ in the following GCSE subjects: A discursive subject (which contains a lot of essay writing), such as English or History, Maths or Science (combined or single subject sciences).

Course Content

AS Level
Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology – Social Influence, Memory, and Attachment.
Paper 2: Psychology in Context – Approaches in Psychology, Psychopathology, and Research Methods.
 
A-Level
Paper 1 and Paper 2 as above Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology – Issues and Debates in Psychology, plus three topics from the following: Relationships, Gender, Cognition & Development, Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour, Stress, Aggression, Forensic Psychology, Addiction (topics TBC).

Assessment

3 examination papers
You will take three written examinations for the full A-level; each one is externally assessed and marked out of 96.
 
Paper 1: Candidates answer four compulsory questions which require multiple choice answers, short answers and extended writing. This exam forms 33.3% of the A-level. (2 hours)
 
Paper 2: Candidates answer three compulsory questions which require multiple choice answers, short answers and extended writing. This exam forms 33.3% of the A-level. (2 hours)
 
Paper 3: Candidates answer one compulsory question and three questions from optional topics which require multiple choice answers, short answers and extended writing. This exam forms 33.3% of the A-level. (2 hours)

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