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A-Level Psychology

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What will you be working towards?

Code PSY
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

Psychology is the study of human behaviour and the mind.

A-Level Psychology is an ideal subject choice if you have an interest in understanding human behaviour from a scientific perspective. The subject investigates and explains human behaviour: from the formation of memories through to the functioning of the central and peripheral nervous system, neurotransmitters and hormones.

During this two year course you will learn about:

1 Social influence

2 Memory

3 Attachment

4 Approaches in Psychology

5 Psychopathology

6 Research methods

Modules

Introductory topics in Psychology - Social Influence, Attachment & Memory and Psychopathology.

Psychology in context - Approaches in Psychology, Bio-psychology and Research Methods.

Issues in Psychology - From a choice of: Issues and Debates, Gender, Schizophrenia and Forensic Psychology

A core aspect of Psychology involves learning about: how Psychologists design research, analysing data, describing key theories, approaches and studies, applying them to a range of scenarios and being able to produce clear evaluation and analysis that incorporates a range of debates in Psychology.



Details

Assessments

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology

Compulsory content

• written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

• 72 marks in total

• 50% of AS

Questions

Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

Section B: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

Section C: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

Paper 2: Psychology in Context

What's assessed

Compulsory content

Assessed

• written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

• 72 marks in total

• 50% of AS

Questions

Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

Section B: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

Section C: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology

Compulsory content 8 above Optional content, one from option 1, 9–11, one from option 2, 12–14, one from option 3, 15–17 above

Assessed

written exam: 2 hours

• 96 marks in total

• 33.3% of A-level

Questions

Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

Section B: one topic from option 1, 9–11 above, multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

Section C: one topic from option 2, 12–14 above, multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

Section D: one topic from option 3, 15–17 above, multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

How will it be delivered?

Paper 1:

Assessed written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes (50% of AS)

Paper 2: 

Assessed written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes (50% of AS)

Paper 3:

Assessed written exam: 2 hours (33.3% of A-level)  

Entry requirements

Minimum of a 6 in either English or a Humanities subject, In addition to gaining a minimum of grade 4 in Maths and 4 other subjects 

Your next steps...

Psychology is a respected academic subject which combines well with a range of subjects, including Arts and Sciences. It is good for progression to Higher Education and is particularly useful for any profession where an insight into human behaviour is beneficial.

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