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Psychology AS/A2 at Chapeltown Academy

Course description

Psychology specification A introduces students to the broad range of Psychology topics.

This course of study comprises two written units at AS and two at A-level, with no coursework. The emphasis is on applying knowledge and understanding, thereby developing students' transferable skills of analysis, evaluation and critical thinking.

At AS the specification offers a broad range of topics, with research methods in context.

At A2 there is a range of topic based options which bring together explanations from different approaches and engage students in issues and debates in contemporary Psychology.

Course content

AS Content

PSYA1: Memory, early social development and research methods applied.

PSYA2: Biological Psychology, Social Psychology and Individual Differences

A2 Content

PSYA3-Topics in Psychology:

Three essay-style questions chosen from eight topics:

(a) Biological rhythms and sleep (b) Perception

(c) Relationships (d) Aggression

(e) Eating behaviour (f) Gender

(g) Intelligence and learning (h) Cognition and development


Psychopathology, Psychology in Action and Research Methods

Entry requirements

To gain entry to the Sixth Form, students must achieve at least 5 B grades, including at least a grade C in English Language and Mathematics. In addition to this, to study a specific subject at A-Level, students must achieve a grade B or above in this subject at GCSE. Where this subject has not been studied or is not available at GCSE level, a grade B in an equivalent subject is required.



Assessment Units (AS)

PSYA1: Examination (1 ½ hours) - worth 50% of the AS (25% of the A Level) marks

PSYA2: Examination (1 ½ hours) - worth 50% of the AS (25% of the A Level) marks


Assessment Units (A2)

PSYA3: Examination (1 ½ hours) - worth 25% of the A Level marks

PSYA4: Examination (2 hours) - worth 25% of the A Level marks

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: As 1 Year A2 1 Year

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