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Psychology AQA A Level at Kantor King Solomon High School

Course description

Psychology is a popular subject which is attractive to students because it develops a range of valuable skills, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research. These skills are particularly relevant to young people and are transferable to further study and the workplace.

The qualification offers students an engaging and stimulating introduction to the study of psychology, combined with the academic integrity and skills that Higher Education and employers value.  

Course content

Students will be expected to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of psychological concepts, theories, research studies, research methods and ethical issues in relation to the specified Paper 1 content
  • apply psychological knowledge and understanding of the specified Paper 1 content in a range of contexts
  • analyse, interpret and evaluate psychological concepts, theories, research studies and research methods in relation to the specified Paper 1 content
  • evaluate therapies and treatments including in terms of their appropriateness and effectiveness.

Entry requirements

Minimum of 6 GCSE grades at A*-C including English and Mathematics with a grade B or above in the subjects to be studied at A level.

Assessment

Paper 1: Introductory topics in psychology

  • Compulsory content 1–4
  • written exam: 2 hours
  • 96 marks in total
  • 33.3%

Questions:

  • Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks
  • Section B: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks
  • Section C: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks
  • Section D: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

 

Paper 2: Psychology in context

  • Compulsory content 5–7
  • written exam: 2 hours
  • 96 marks
  • 33.3%

Questions:

  • Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks
  • Section B: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks
  • Section C: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 48 marks

 

Paper 3: Issues and options in psychology

  • Compulsory content 8
  • Optional content, one from option 1, 9–11, one from option 2, 12–14, one from option 3, 15–17
  • written exam: 2 hours
  • 96 marks in total
  • 33.3%

Questions:

  • Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks
  • Section B: one topic from option 1, 9–11 above, multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks
  • Section C: one topic from option 2, 12–14 above, multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks 

Future opportunities

Builds on skills developed in the sciences and humanities, and enables progression into a wide range of other subjects.

Further information

These qualifications are linear. Linear means that students will sit all the AS exams at the end of their AS course and all the A-level exams at the end of their A-level course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kantor King Solomon High School directly.

Last updated date: 13 October 2016
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