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Psychology AS A2 at Thomas Becket Catholic School

Course content

Ø     What is Psychology Psychology is the study of mind and behaviour. It helps us to understand ourselves and other people. Ø     The Course The course looks at a number of major areas in Psychology such as: Stress Mental disorders Attachments Memory Conformity Research methods  Ø     Key skills The Psychology course is an excellent means to develop the three key skills of Communication, Application of Number and Information Technology.

Entry requirements

To begin an AS Psychology course you should meet the general requirements for entry to AS level courses and preferably have obtained at least two grade C’s in the English GCSE courses.


To get a certificate for Advanced Subsidiary (AS), you will need to have studied and been assessed on 3 AS units. To get a certificate for Advanced GCE, you will need to have studied and been assessed on the 3 AS units, plus 3 further units, known as A2 units, making a total of 6 units. Assessment : Each unit will divided into two equally weighted sections. There will be two structured questions in each section. The candidates must answer one from each section. The AS units of work you will study are as follows:Module One :Cognitive Psychologymemory and eyewitness testimonyandDevelopmental Psychologyattachment, deprivation, day care. Module Two :Physiological Psychologystress, stress and illnessandIndividual Differences – psychological abnormality Module Three :Social Psychology – social influence, conformity, ethicsandResearch Methods – different approaches to research  The A2 units of work you will study are as follows: Module Four :            Social Psychology – relationships, social cognition                        And      Physiological Psychology – sleep motivation, emotion                        And      Comparative Psychology – animal and human behaviour Module Five :             Cognitive Psychology – attention, perception, language                        And      Developmental Psychology - cognitive, social, personality                        And      Perspectives – different approaches, issues, debates Module Six :               Coursework – planning, carrying out and writing your own piece of psychological research

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thomas Becket Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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