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Psychology A Level 3 at Oakwood Park Grammar School

Course description

Psychology is an exciting subject which enables students to apply scientific methodology to understanding human behaviour in the world around them. It offers the opportunity to learn transferable skills such as the ability to analyse arguments and evidence, testing hypotheses and making informed judgements. Students should leave the course with the skills to write concisely and accurately, be numerate and able to give reasoned explanations for human behaviour. These are all skills valued by any subject in Higher Education and by employers. Psychology really is a ‘skill for life’. It has been stated that those studying Psychology at A Level become: “psychologically literate citizens” referring to the fact that Psychology students becoming ‘critically scientific thinkers and ethical and socially responsible participants in their communities’

The AQA A Level Psychology course offers an engaging and effective introduction to Psychology which will appeal to a cross-section of students, regardless of whether they have studied the subject before. The AQA qualification builds on skills developed in the sciences and humanities, and enables progression into a wide range of other subjects.

Course content

Entry requirements

Six 9-5 (A*-C) GCSE grades with at least four at grade 6 (B) including grade 6 in Mathematics, English and in a Science subject.

It is not necessary for applicanys to have studied  Psychology at GCSE

 

 

Assessment

All assessment is carried out at the end of the course in Year 13

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology

Compulsory content sections 1-4 above.

2 hour written exam (33.3% of A Level) consisting of mixture of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

Paper 2: Psychology in Context

Compulsory content sections 5-7 above.

2 hour written exam (33.3% of A Level) consisting of mixture of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology

Compulsory content section 8 above

One option from sections 9-11, one option from sections 12-14 and one topic from sections 15-17.

2 hour written exam (33.3% of A Level) consisting of mixture of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

Financial information

None

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as a science or one of the humanities to prepare for higher education in Psychology or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Psychology and people such as a Counsellor, Nurse or Psychologist. You could also specialise in a particular area of Psychology such as education or mental health depending on the area that interests you.

Further information

We offer various enrichment opportunities such as a trip to London Zoo to study phobias, a visit to the University of Kent studying research methodology and a visit to the criminal courts amongst others.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two years

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