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Psychology at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls

Course description

Psychology A Level will offer you the opportunity to look at some of the explanations psychologists make to understand humans and their interactions with the world. 
The course aims to develop your awareness and understanding of psychological theories, research, concepts and methods and of ethical issues in psychology, such as the ethical implications of psychological research. You will explore many different areas of Psychology, including the core areas of Cognitive, Social, Developmental and Biological Psychology together with Psychopathology, Approaches to Psychology and Research Methods. 
The topics covered will reflect some contemporary issues and classic research studies.  Through designing and reporting psychological investigations, you will develop the skills of analysis, interpretation and evaluation. 
From a personal perspective you should find the fundamental questions of psychology interesting: Why do I behave like this? Why do I feel like this? Why do I think like this? 
Psychology combines well with many subjects including Sociology, English Literature, Mathematics and Biology. It is not necessary to have studied Psychology A Level to follow a degree course in Psychology but it is relevant to any of the caring professions as well as employment in such diverse areas as advertising, management and human resources. 

Course content

Course Details Unit 1 Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology. Unit 2 Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology and Research Methods. Unit 3 Issues and Debates in Psychology, Relationships, Schizophrenia, and one other option (to be decided). 
There is no assessed coursework, but there will be a need to design, carry out and report on research undertaken in groups as part of the course. 

Entry requirements

General Sixth Form Entry Requirements: Admission to the Sixth Form will be as a result of applicants achieving a minimum Grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics.  In total students need to have achieved at least six GCSEs of which at least four subjects are at Grade 6 (or Grade B). In addition students must meet subject entry requirements. Students meeting only the minimum entry requirements for the Sixth Form are likely to find the choice of subjects which they can access is restricted. 

Subject specific GCSE requirements: Grade 6 or above in GCSE English Language or English Literature, Grade 5 or above in GCSE Mathematics, and Grade 6 in any GCSE Science (including Psychology). Examination Board: AQA 

Further information

From September 2018, MGGS will be offering two pathways at the start of Year 12. These are:

Pathway 1: 3 A levels to completion plus participation in the Sixth Form Extra Programme

Pathway 2: 4 A levels to completion plus participation in the Sixth Form Extra Programme (For students achieving at least 8 A* or A / 9-7 grades)

Decisions on whether students do Pathway 1 or 2 will not be made until after GCSE results are published in August 2018.

All students should list five subjects in preference order. The first three will be your preferred A level choices and the fourth and fifth will be considered as reserve choices. If you would like to be considered for Pathway 2, you will be able to indicate this at your Guidance Meeting in February.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Maidstone Grammar School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 06 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years