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A Level Psychology at Hewens College

Course description

You will enjoy this course if you welcome the opportunity to think about, and discuss, the nature of individuality and how, as individuals, we relate to others. How does the group influence the individual? Why do you find it difficult to remember something you heard moments ago? What is stress? You might also have opted for English literature, History, Sociology, Law, Government and Politics, Media Studies, Health & Social Care, or any of the Sciences. Opportunities for practical research will be an excellent preparation for those students who wish to do primary research as part of their extended project. The AS course starts with a general introduction to different kinds of Psychology. For the AS course you will study memory and social development (on paper one) and social influence and stress (on paper two). You will also study individual differences (or ‘abnormality’), which will include work on mental illness. On all parts of the course you will study the importance of Psychology as a science and the way research (experimental and non-experimental) is done. You will need an understanding of research methods and will have the opportunity to complete a small-scale research assignment.. There are no January exams in sociology as we think it better for you to establish your understanding of the subject slowly. Hopefully you will be successful and progress to the second year of the A-Level course. For A2 you can look forward to studying schizophrenia, addictive behaviour and relationships. The exam board for this course is AQA. There are two exams for the AS course and two exams for the A2 course. All exams will be taken in the summer of the year in question. There is no coursework for Psychology. Psychology is an academic subject that will be accepted by universities, whatever degree course you apply to. You might wish to train as a therapist. Knowledge of topics in Psychology will be useful if you wish to work in education, the social services (including the police) or the legal profession

Entry requirements

5 A*-C grade or the equivalent, including C in Maths, English and Science (or Merit in BTEC Science)'

Future opportunities

A-Level psychology is accepted by universities as a valid entry requirement to degree courses, no matter what subject you wish to study at degree level. Students wishing to go into social services, health care, policing, the law, the media or teaching will find knowledge of psychology very useful (and in some cases necessary as part of their professional training). Psychologists can train as therapists and many psychology degree courses lead to membership of the British Psychological Society.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hewens College directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years