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Psychology

  PSYCHOLOGY
Course Content

There are 4 modules within the Psychology courses, the first 2 units are covered in AS Level Psychology, and all 4 are taught in A level Psychology.

Unit 1 Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Research Methods

Knowledge and understanding of concepts, theories and studies in relation to:

  • Cognitive Psychology and Developmental Psychology
  • Skills of analysis, evaluation and application in relation to Cognitive Psychology and Developmental Psychology
  • Knowledge and understanding of Research Methods associated with these areas of psychology
  • Knowledge and understanding of ethical issues associated with these areas of psychology

Unit 2 – Biological Psychology, Social Psychology and Individual Differences

Knowledge and understanding of concepts, theories and studies in relation to:

  • Individual differences, social psychology, biological psychology
  • Skills of analysis, evaluation and application in relation to individual differences, social psychology, biological psychology
  • Knowledge and understanding of research methods associated with these areas of psychology
  • Knowledge and understanding of ethical issues associated with these areas of psychology

Unit 3 – Topics in Psychology

Knowledge, understanding and skills of analysis and evaluation in relation to three topics selected from the following: 

  • Biological rhythms and sleep
  • Perception
  • Relationships
  • Aggression
  • Eating behaviour
  • Gender
  • Intelligence and learning
  • Cognition and development
  • Knowledge, understanding and skills of analysis and evaluation in relation to relevant theories, explanations and studies in each of the three topics studied
  • An understanding of the major approaches in psychology (cognitive, biological, behavioural and psychodynamic) through their study of the topics.

Unit 4 – Psychopathology, Psychology in Action and Research Methods

  • Develop knowledge and understanding of theories and studies relevant to the content for each area of psychology in this unit
  • Analyse and evaluate theories, explanations and studies relevant to the content for each area of psychology in this unit
  • Undertake practical research activities involving collection, analysis and interpretation of qualitative and quantitative data
Examination Details

AS Level Marking Breakdown

  • Unit 1 50% of the total AS marks, 25% of the total A2 marks exam 1.5 hours
  • Unit 2 50% of the total AS marks, 25% of the total A2 marks exam 1.5 hours

A Level Marking Breakdown

  • Unit 3 50% of the total A2 marks, 25% of the total A level mark exam 1.5 hours
  • Unit 4 50% of the total A2 marks, 25% of the total A level mark exam 1.5 hours
Career 

Clinical psychologist, Counselling psychologist, Educational psychologist, Forensic psychologist, Further education teacher, Health psychologist, Occupational psychologist, Primary care graduate mental health worker, Psychological wellbeing practitioner, Sport and exercise psychologist, Primary and Secondary teaching.

Typical Employers

Health Care professions, the National Health Service, schools, Sixth Form colleges and colleges for further education, social services, police forces, the National Probation Service and prisons, human resources departments, the media, marketing companies,

Entry Criteria Grade B or above in Biology is desired, or Grades B or above in Core and Additional Science are desired.  Maths at Grade 6 is also desired.