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Psychology at Manshead CE Academy

Course description

Psychology is the science of the mind. The human mind is the most complex machine on Earth. It is the source of all thought and behaviour. In Psychology A Level we will study the main approaches Psychologists use and learn how to use them. The course looks at how individuals behave, how their behaviour is measured and what factors influence their behaviour.

Some of the questions you will look at are: 'How do we remember and why do we forget?'; 'What is abnormality?'; 'What causes eating disorders?'; 'How do we form relationships and why?' 'How do we manage stress and what makes people aggressive?'


Entry requirements

Students would be expected to have achieved a grade C or better in English Language and Mathematics GCSE.


Along with


The minimum entry requirement for Advanced Level courses is 5 GCSEs (A*-C) or merits/distinctions in Level 2 BTECs/OCR Nationals in at least four different subjects and an average GCSE points score of at least 4.5.



AS Modules

Method of Assessment and Weighting

A2 Level Modules

Method of Assessment

Unit 1 : Cognitive psychology;

Developmental psychology;

Research methods

Exam : I hour 30 minutes including short answers



25% of 'A' level

50% of AS Level

Unit 3 :

Topics in Psychology from:

Biological rhythms and sleep, perception, relationships, aggression, eating behaviour, gender, intelligence and learning, cognition and development

1 hour 30 minutes written exam



25% of 'A' level

Unit 2 : Biological psychology;

Social psychology;

Individual differences

Exam: I hour 30 minutes including short answers



25% of 'A' level

50% of AS Level

Unit 4 :

Psychopathology, Psychology in action and Research Methods Psychopathology, Psychology in Action and Research Methods


Future opportunities

Psychology 'A' level is flexible and will equip you with the skills to study just about any subject or enter a job requiring some level of understanding about human behaviour . Careers such as Teaching, Social Work, Law, Business, Healthcare and many more will benefit from some psychological knowledge.

Further information

Closing Date for applications - February

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Manshead CE Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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