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Psychology AS/A Level at Northallerton School & Sixth Form College

Course description

This course was chosen because it is broad and fast paced, but also highlights the scientific rigour that is modern psychology. In Year 12 we look at 8  famous case studies from psychology covering four key areas: cognitive, social, biological and learning theories. In Year 13 we look at two areas of psychology in more detail. We are currently studying the topics clinical and criminal psychology. 

Course content

Whilst there is no getting away from the fact that psychology is an academic subject, each of the 8 case studies have activities devised to give you an insight into how the research was carried out.


Entry requirements

GCSE grades - B in science, 6 in maths and preferably 6 in English.


AS Level

There are two exams, 'Social and Cognitive Psychology' and 'Biological Psychology and Learning Theories'. Both consist of long and short answers and each of the exams make up 50% of the course.

A2 Level 

The A2 course in examined through three exams, 'Foundations in Psychology' is weighted at 35% of the final qualification. The second paper. 'Applications of Psychology' consisting of Clinical Psychology also contributes 35% of the final overall grade. The final 30% comes from the final paper 'Psychological skills'.

Future opportunities

Wide range of careers; clinical, counselling, educational, forensic, health, occupational, sports and exercise. Whilst lots of people try to specialise on entry to university, it is often the best idea to do a general psychology degree and specialise within the course. More details of the many careers can be found on the Bristish Psychological Society website.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Northallerton School & Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 30 November 2016

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