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Advanced GCE in Psychology at Ash Green School

Course description

Year 1  AS:

  • Unit 1 - Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Research Methods
  • Unit 2 - Biological Psychology, Social Psychology and Individual Differences

Year 2 A2: 

  • Unit 3 - Topics in Psychology
  • Unit 4 - Psychopathology, Psychology in Action and Research Methods

In year 1 of sixth form, students will carry out the two AS units in Psychology which cover 50% of the overall A Level course. The remaining two units will be completed in the second year at A2, to achieve the full A Level qualification.

Entry requirements

Students must have attained the minimum of 5 A*- C qualifications at GCSE or equivalent (e.g. BTEC), with at least a B grade in each subject to be studied at level three.
In exceptional cases a C grade minimum can apply to students for both GCE A Level and BTEC Level Three courses where mitigating circumstance applies and there is clear evidence of a good basis for level three study to be undertaken.
Students must have at least a grade C in both English and Mathematics. In exceptional cases a D grade minimum can apply where mitigating circumstance applies and there is clear evidence of a good basis for level three studies. Students who have a GCSE in Mathematics and English at grade D will be required to follow a course leading to a level 2, C grade qualification.


The course is assessed solely through examinations.


  • Unit 1: - 50% of the total AS marks, 25% of the total A2 marks 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Unit 2: - 50% of the total AS marks, 25% of the total A2 marks 1 hour 30 minutes


  • Unit 3: - 25% of the total A Level marks 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Unit 4: - 25% of the total A Level marks 2 hours

Future opportunities

This course fits in very well with most other courses for the further study of psychology and other related subjects. These include BSc in Psychology (degree), Social sciences, counselling, criminology and many more. Psychology can also be studied further along side another opportunities in areas such as education, industry, the health professions, management, advertising and subject as part of a joint honours degree. Psychology is also a dynamic academic discipline. You can use the knowledge and skills you develop as a psychology student or graduate to take advantage of exciting and challenging job marketing, human resources, research, counselling, and social services.

Further information

Is any Prior Knowledge needed?

There are no prior learning requirements. No prior knowledge of psychology is necessary. It is suggested, however, that students should be able to demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills equivalent to those required to gain at least Grade C in GCSE Mathematics and English.

What skills will I develop?

During the course you will develop skills, which will help you whether you choose to carry on studying in higher education, or enter the world of work. You will learn many skills that will help you to understand people more which can be applied to many different careers. The course can also offer opportunities to develop and generate evidence of attainment in aspects of the Key Skills of: Communication; Application of Number; Information Technology; Working with Others; Improving own Learning and Performance; Problem Solving.

Why might this course be for me?

If you are well motivated and have an interest in the way the human mind works and how it controls the body and behaviour, then you will enjoy Psychology. You will need to be an independent learner and be able to manage your own time effectively.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 September 2014
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  • Start date: Next September