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Psychology AS/A Level at Alec Reed Academy

Course description

Psychology will provide exciting opportunities for learners to:

• Study a variety of historical and current psychological approaches

• Study classic and contemporary psychological research covering a variety of perspectives and topics

 • Study principles of investigating human and animal behaviour

• Apply psychological information to everyday situations It will encourage learners to:

 • Develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of psychology and how they relate to each other

• Develop competence and confidence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem solving skills

• Develop their interest in and enthusiasm for psychology, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject

• Understand how society makes decisions about psychological issues and how psychology contributes to the success of the economy and society

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs A*-C including a grade 6 in English and grade 5 in Maths GCSE. GCSE grade C in Additional and Core Science.


Component 1: Psychology: Past to Present

(50% of AS, 1 hour 45 mins written exam)

A range of compulsory questions on five psychological approaches, classic pieces of evidence and a contemporary debate.

Component 2: Psychology: Investigating Behaviour

(50% of AS, 1 hour 45 mins written exam)

Principles of research: Compulsory questions on how psychological investigations are carried out (including social and developmental psychology).

Novel scenarios: Compulsory questions requiring a response to a piece of research previously unseen.

AS qualifications are reported as a grade on the scale from A to E. Results not attaining the minimum standard for the award will be reported as U (unclassified).

AS qualifications are free-standing and are awarded in their own right. Assessments at AS cannot contribute to an A level grade.


Future opportunities

This specification provides a suitable foundation for the study of psychology at A Level. In addition, the specification provides a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study for learners who do not progress to further study in this subject.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Alec Reed Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 December 2016

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