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Psychology Level 3 AS & A2 at Woodkirk Academy

Course description

Psychology is an extremely popular subject at A-level. Psychology is concerned with the study of the mind and behaviour. Psychologists ask a number of interesting questions regarding human behaviour and thought. For example:

a) Do we inherit our temper?

b) Why do we conform to some people but not others?

c) How do we remember our way home?

d) Why can we recognise a person's face but not remember their name?

e) Why do people like Robbie Williams suffer from bi-polar depression?

f) Do prison sentences really stop people committing crimes?

Course content

Course Content

Year 12 - AS 2 written papers

Unit 1 - Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Research Methods

This involves covering the following topic areas;

Cognitive psychology:

  • Models of memory - This considers the different theories that attempt to explain how we remember information.

  • Memory in everyday life - This considers the factors that affect the reliability of eye witness testimony and how we can use the knowledge from psychology to improve our own memories.

Developmental psychology:

  • Attachment - This considers the different theories on how a child forms an attachment with its carer and what the effects are of not forming an attachment with a primary carer as a child.
  • Attachment in everyday life - This considers the impact of different forms of day care on children's development and how psychology has influenced early years practice.

Entry requirements

Students should have GCSE A*-C grades in English, Maths and Science.

A good level of English and mathematical understanding is essential for this course.


Exam structure

Year 12 - Units one will be assessed with a 90 minute written examination which will be completed in January. Unit two will be assessed with a 90 minute written examination which will be completed in the summer.

Year 13 - Unit three will be assessed with a 2 hour written examination which will be completed in January. Unit four will be assessed with a 2 hour written examination which will be completed in the summer.

Future opportunities

Potential HE Links and Career Opportunities

There are many opportunities that psychology can lead to, including:

  • Clinical psychologist
  • Criminological/Forensic psychologist
  • Educational psychologist
  • Occupational psychologist
  • Research/Applied research
  • Counselling
  • Sports psychology
  • Psychology teaching

Further information

Psychology is constantly changing and is best understood through 'active learning'. You will therefore have the opportunity to carry out a number of activities including; group work, displays, research, presentations, discussion, written work and experiments. If you enjoy finding out about key pieces of research and have a critical and inquisitive mind, psychology is a challenging and exciting subject for you to embark on.

' Psychology has been a thoroughly enjoyable experience for me this year. As a new topic it was quite difficult to get to grips with what you are being taught but you soon settle in to it. The teachers are very supportive and are always willing to help with any problems. '

Holly Chiverton & Kate Denny

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Unknown
  • Duration: 2 Years