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Psychology AS Level at St Peter's School, Huntingdon

Course description

AS Psychology is a fascinating introductory course that uses scientific methods to study people, the mind and behaviour.

If you would like to explore some of the theories put forward that attempt to explain human behaviour, then Psychology could be for you!

Psychologists observe and measure behaviour, and their therapies are based on scientific study.

Psychology has links with many disciplines including

  • biological,
  • computer and
  • forensic science

as well as humanities such as

  • sociology,
  • philosophy,
  • anthropology and even
  • literature.

It involves study of theory, empirical evidence and practical applications. This mix of disciplines helps to make psychology such a fascinating subject.

Course content

At AS, candidates develop a broad knowledge and understanding of the core areas of psychology. Through a range of topics, chosen for their accessibility and popularity:

  • PSYA1 - Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Research Methods
  • PSYA2 - Biological Psychology, Social Psychology and Individual Differences.

Entry requirements

  • 5 separate GCSEs graded between A*-C including English and Maths.
  • English Language GCSE grade B or above.

Assessment

AS Examinations Unit 1 - PSYA1 Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Research Methods

  • 50% of the total AS marks, 25% of the total A2 marks 1 hour 30 minutes Structured compulsory questions based on Cognitive Psychology, Developmenta Psychology and Research Methods. Questions include short answer, stimulus material and one 12-mark question requiring extended writing in which QWC will be assessed. Available January and June

Unit 2 - PSYA2 Biological Psychology, Social Psychology and Individual Differences

  • 50% of the total AS marks, 25% of the total A2 marks 1 hour 30 minutes Three compulsory structured questions, one based on the Biological Psychology content, one based on the Social Psychology content and one based on the Individual Differences content. Questions include short answer, stimulus material and one or more 12-mark questions requiring extended writing in which QWC will be assessed. Available January and June There is no coursework.

Financial information

There are no costs incurred.

Future opportunities

A level psychology is attractive to employers because they develop a number of transferable skills. Psychology develops skills such as problem solving, communication and IT skills.

Psychology develops

  • oral, visual and written communication,
  • problem solving,
  • numeracy and statistical skills,
  • critical and creative thinking, decision making, organisational skills, team working,
  • IT skills, and data analysis skills.

Psychology is particularly relevant

  • to any job that involves working directly with people (such as public relations, marketing, customer services or retail management) or any job that requires the use of problem solving skills (such as science subjects).

Further information

Contact Mr J Davis for further information. Delivery: Full-time

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Peter's School, Huntingdon directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year

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