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A Level Psychology at The Thetford Academy

Course description

GENERAL AIMS: This specification has been designed to

provide a broad introduction to the scope and nature

of psychology as a science. The emphasis is on applying

knowledge and understanding rather than just acquiring

knowledge, thereby developing students’ transferable

skills of analysis, evaluation and critical thinking.

COURSE OUTLINE: AS Psychology introduces students

to the broad range of topics such as Stress, Social

Influence, Psychopathology (abnormality), Memory

and Attachment. There is also a component of research

methods in context. At A2 there are a range of topic

based options which bring together explanations from

different approaches and engage students in issues and

debates in contemporary Psychology. Topics include

Eating Behaviour, Aggression, Relationships, Intelligence

and Learning, Perception, Biological Rhythms, Gender

and Cognition and Development. A2 study also

comprises of Psychopathology, Psychology in action

(which investigates psychology in a social context) and a

research methods component which includes scientific

methods, investigation design and data analysis.

NATURE OF STUDY: 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.

Entry requirements

Sixth Form Entry

Year 12

A Levels

5 A*-C at GCSE, including a C in English + Mathematics,

with a B grade in the chosen subject areas for A Level.

BTEC Level 3

4 A*-C, preferably including a C in English + Mathematics.

BTEC Level 2

2 D grades.

Year 13

Each student’s work is reviewed at the end of

Year 12 and progress into Year 13 is dependent on

satisfactory performance in the examinations.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Thetford Academy directly.

Last updated date: 18 July 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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