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A2 Level Psychology at Trafford College

Course description

This subject investigates the psychology of mind and behaviour. The A2 course will build on the AS course you will already have taken.During the first term we will cover research methods. This builds on what you have already learned at AS and involves designing, conducting and reporting psychological investigations, choosing from a range of methods and taking into account the issues of reliability, validity and ethics. In addition you will learn how to analyse, interpret, explain and evaluate methodology and comment on findings of research and the impact of investigations on society. You will also learn to draw valid conclusions from studies by analysing data with the use of inferential statistics.During the second term we will cover controversies, topics and applications in psychology. This involves exploring issues and debates within psychology such as reductionism and determinism, nature/nurture and psychology as a science. In addition you will cover two topics: social relationships and levels of consciousness (sleep and dreaming) and one application: abnormal psychology. This module is synoptic so requires you to bring together your knowledge and understanding of all 4 modules on the psychology course.

Entry requirements

A pass at AS level Psychology, at least a grade D is recommended.


Assessment is through two external exams. The PY3 exam is 1 hour and 30 minutes. It has three sections and is worth 40% of A2. Sections A and B are compulsory and made up of short answer questions on research methods. Section C requires you to answer two 15 mark short essay questions from a choice of three on issues with methodologies.The PY4 exam is 2 hours and 30 minutes and has three sections. It is worth 60% of A2. Section A will have a choice of two questions on controversies. Section B you will answer two questions and one from section C.

Future opportunities

The skills you develop in A level psychology are transferable to a number of degree and employment opportunities including teaching, psychiatry, counselling, social work and business management.The A level psychology course is not specifically about developing the ability to read minds or analyse behaviour but it does allow an opportunity to explore theories and research within psychology which in turn leads to a greater understanding of why people do the things they do.

Further information

Contact Course Enquiries on 0161 886 7070

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 13 May 2016
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