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Psychology AQA at Bradfield School

Course description

Psychology specification A introduces students to the broad range of Psychology topics.

This course of study comprises two written units at AS and two at A-level, with no coursework. The emphasis is on applying knowledge and understanding, thereby developing students' transferable skills of analysis, evaluation and critical thinking.

At AS the specification offers a broad range of topics, with research methods in context.

At A2 there is a range of topic based options which bring together explanations from different approaches and engage students in issues and debates in contemporary Psychology. Teachers can select a route through A2 to suit the needs and interest of their students.

 

Course content

Specification

AQA Psychology (7182)

Content

In the first year of the A-Level course the following content is covered:

1. Social influence
2. Memory
3. Attachment
4. Approaches in Psychology
5. Psychopathology
6. Research methods

In the second year of the A-level course the following content is covered:

1. Biopsychology
2. Issues and debates in Psychology
3. Gender
4. Schizophrenia
5. Addiction

Assessment

Paper 1: A 2-hour written exam on Social Influence, Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology (33.3% of A-Level marks)

Paper 2: A 2-hour written exam on Biopsychology, Approaches in Psychology and Research Methods (33.3% of A-Level marks)

Paper 3: A 2-hour written exam on Issues and Debates, Relationships, Schizophrenia and Forensic Psychology (33.3% of A-Level marks)

Teachers
Mr R Wilson, Ms L Wetton

 

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE English
C in GCSE Additional Science or GCSE Biology

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Further information

Our ambition is for the students we teach to ‘be the best they can’ and, where students want to, that they progress to the top Universities to maximise their employment and career prospects. In partnership with Russell Group Universities, we continue to work hard to realise this ambition and to ensure that, as well as excellent teaching, our students receive the correct guidance and support needed to make successful applications to Higher Education.

We are very proud of the achievements made by last year’s students. 92% of the students progressed to a University course of their choice. 91% of our students gained 3 or more A-Levels and 46% of the grades were A*-B. Students were also successful in their applications to competitive programmes such as Cambridge University, Dentistry and Medicine. We look forward to building on this success with the students who choose to join us in the future.

We offer a range of 23 different A-Level subjects, enabling students to choose subject combinations to progress to all available Higher Education courses. All of our courses are taught by subject specialists with degrees in the subjects they are teaching, and with strong track records in A-Level teaching. Students are also encouraged to integrate work experience placements with their studies in order to gain the practical and transferable skills required for many careers.

Students have the choice of choosing three or four A-Level subjects. We expect that most students will specialise to three subjects by the time they enter Y13. All students are also given the opportunity to complete the Extended Project Qualification over the two years, and we are increasingly finding that this improves the quality of student’s applications to University and employment opportunities.

Sixth Form is not solely about the study of the academic subjects. We offer students a range of enrichment opportunities, improved social facilities and privileges so that our students can enjoy life as a Sixth Form student both inside and outside of the classroom and that they can play a leading role in helping to develop the school. By providing these opportunities alongside a strong curriculum, we believe that Bradfield Sixth Form is an environment ‘where people thrive’ and where people can make the most of their talents and realise their potential.

We hope that you will consider studying your chosen subjects at A-Level at Bradfield School Sixth Form.

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Patrick Beaumont
Head of Sixth Form
pbeaumont@bradfield.sheffield.sch.uk
0114 2865002

How to apply

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Last updated date: 17 November 2016

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