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Psychology A level at Oldfield School

Course description

What will I study?

The AS course is comprised of two components:

Component 1: Past to Present

Students study five different approaches that psychologists use to study behaviour. Each approach involves the study of classic pieces of research evidence and contemporary debate.

Component 2: Investigating Behaviour

Student study the principles of research, studying how psychological investigations are carried out (including social and developmental psychology). Students carry out their own investigation to aid their understanding of research methodologies and are required to apply their knowledge to a novel scenario.

The A2 course is comprised of 3 components:

Component 1 and 2 are studied with greater detail required than for the AS course.

Additionally, component 3: Implications in the Real World involves the study of the application of the approaches studied in component 1 to particular behaviours. Students should be able to explain and draw conclusions about the possible causes of these behaviours and understand that psychology has the potential to impact on society as a whole by developing methods of modifying behaviour. Students also explore five controversies that continue to pose challenges for psychology that draw on the content from the whole of the course.

Entry requirements

Grade C or above in English Language, Science and Mathematics. The work requires you to have good extended writing skills.


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Future opportunities

Studying Psychology provides useful preparation for students wishing to enter teaching, nursing or personnel. The course encourages personal as well as academic development and is recognised as useful preparation for many university courses.

Further information

Am I suited to this course?

You would be well‐suited to studying Psychology at A level if you:

  • love finding out about how the human mind works!
  • enjoy working independently as well as in groups
  • respond well to discussion and like giving mini‐presentations
  • enjoy finding out what makes people do the things they do
  • are well motivated and enjoy problem solving 
  • are interested in a career in Psychology

What other subjects does it complement?

Psychology complements a number of other subjects, but particularly Sociology, Law, Biology, Mathematics and PE.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oldfield School directly.

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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