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Phsychology A Level at Beaminster School

Course description

This course is designed to develop students’ basic understanding of the breadth of different approaches in Psychology, providing a broad introduction to the scope and nature of Psychology as a science.

Through the study pf psychological theories, concepts and research, students will develop an understanding of the principles and perspectives governing the subject.

Students will develop the ability to identify ethical issues, apply psychology to cultural, social and contemporary issues and to apply an understanding of a range of research methods used to Investigate psychological issues.

This new specification has been designed to allow students to switch between AS and A level during the first year if they wish.

Course content

Year 1 (AS and A Level)

At AS the subject content is divided into six core areas intended to give students a broad base understanding of Psychology.

These core areas are separated into two units:

  • Paper 1 – Social Psychology, Memory and Attachment
  • Paper 2 – Psychopathology, Approaches and Research Methods


Year 2 (A Level)

Students taking the full A Level will further develop their knowledge and understanding of some of the core areas as well as their evaluative and analytical skills.  The course delivers compulsory content as well as offering a range of topic-based options.  The subject content brings together explanations from different psychological approaches and engage students in issues and debates in Psychology:

Introductory Topics (Compulsory): Social; Memory; Attachment; Psychopathology

Psychology in Context (Compulsory): Approaches in Psychology; Biopsychology; Research Methods

Options in Psychology: Issues and Debates in Psychology; Gender; Eating Behaviour; A choice of Aggression or Forensic Psychology or Addition 

Entry requirements

Five GCSE outcomes at A*-C, including a grade C in English.

Students who have not gained this grade may be considered at the discretion of the Head of 6th Form.


AS Papers 1 and 2

Exam in May


A Level Papers 1, 2 and 3

Exam in June

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beaminster School directly.

Last updated date: 08 September 2016
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