A Level Psychology at The Thetford Academy
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.
Sixth Form Entry
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.
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.