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Psychology A Level at St Hilda's Church of England High School

Course description

Visits may include Chester Zoo to practise an observation and attend lectures on animal behaviour, and also Liverpool Crown Court, to observe criminal cases and jury behaviour. Revision conferences are also offered prior to examinations.

Course content

Paper One: Introductory topics in Psychology – social influence, memory, attachment, psychopathology.

Paper Two: Psychology in context – approaches in Psychology, biopsychology, research methods.

Paper Three: Compulsory section:
- Issues and debates. Optional section*:
- Relationships / Gender / Cognitive Development
- Forensic Psychology / Aggression / Addiction
- Schizophrenia / Stress / Eating Behaviour

* one topic will be taught from each group

Knowledge and understanding of research methods, practical research skills and mathematical skills will be assessed in both papers.

Overall, at least 10% of the marks in assessments for Psychology will require the use of mathematical and biological skills. These skills will be applied in the context of Psychology A-Level and will be at least the standard of higher tier GCSE mathematics.

Entry requirements

Grade C in English and Biology GCSE.
Higher tier GCSE mathematics is essential.

Assessment

Paper One: 2 hour exam, 96 marks, 33.3% of A-level award. Multiple choice, short and extended writing style questions. Each section worth 24 marks.

Paper Two: 2 hour exam, 96 marks, 33.3% of A-Level award. Multiple choice, short and extended writing style questions. Section A & B: 24 marks. Section C – Research methods: 48 marks.

Paper Three: 2 hour exam, 96 marks, 33.3% of A-level award. Multiple choice, short and extended writing style questions. Each section worth 24 marks.

All papers are assessed by examinations, taken in the summer terms.

Future opportunities

Psychology is a very well established and popular subject at A Level and is a good foundation for further study in Higher Education; it has now been fully defined as a science. With this scientific background, it can lead on to careers in Medicine, Teaching, Social Services, Personnel, Accounting, Nursing, the Police and Advertising.

Entry into most of these careers usually requires a higher degree, which may or may not include the study of Psychology, depending on the nature of the degree and the demands of the intended career.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Hilda's Church of England High School directly.

Last updated date: 12 June 2015

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