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Psychology AS Level at West Kirby Grammar School

Course description

WHY CHOOSE PSYCHOLOGY?

This scientific subject is suitable for a wide range of students who have an interest in studying aspects of human behaviour and experience. The subject matter of Psychology is extremely wide-ranging and will impact on many other areas. Besides increasing knowledge and understanding about human behaviour, students will learn how to express themselves coherently and how to challenge information. The course covers a number of recognised core approaches to Psychology which aim to underpin the knowledge and understanding of the subject. These are cognitive, developmental, biological and social psychology together with the psychology of individual differences and the scientific study of research methods. The intention is to engage students in issues and debates in the scientific study of contemporary psychology and to master the skills of critical, creative and practical thinking.

Course content

CONTENT - Advanced Subsidiary Level

Students develop a broad understanding of the core areas of Psychology (social, cognitive, developmental, biological, individual differences and research methods) through a range of topics.

Entry requirements

AS Level

  • Entry onto AS courses is conditional on you achieving at least five B grades at GCSE Level which must include the subjects you intend to study
  • If you are starting a new subject at AS Level such as Psychology or Film Studies you must achieve a B grade in a related subject at GCSE Level such as Science or English
  • All students must also achieve at least a C grade in Mathematics and English Language

Assessment

ASSESSMENT

Two written papers, each 1 hours consisting of structured compulsory questions including short answers, stimulus material and one question requiring extended writing.

Future opportunities

WHAT CAN I DO WITH PSYCHOLOGY?

Studying Psychology is stimulating and many students go on to study Psychology at degree and postgraduate levels. Psychology graduates can work in areas as diverse as: health, business and finance, personnel, education, social work, police, prison service, marketing and advertising and sport.

Further information

WHAT DO I NEED TO START THE COURSE?

No prior knowledge of Psychology is necessary, although it is desirable to have good oral and written communication skills and an ability to express yourself well in discussions and presentations. Strong English skills are important as assessment in examinations is mainly through written structured or essay style answers. Psychology is a science and therefore good mathematical skills are needed for the appropriate statistical analysis of data. The ability to work well, both in groups and independently is encouraged and an enquiring mind is also a useful asset!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Kirby Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 school year

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