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Psychology AS/A Level at Ysgol Emrys Ap Iwan

Course description

Psychology is the study of mind, behaviour and experience. The AS course is taught in Year 12 and the A2 course in Year 13. As the subject is new to Sixth Form students, a short introduction precedes the course content in September.

Course content

Unit 1: Introduction to Psychology.

  • Approaches to Psychology.
  • Bio-Psychology – the biological basis of behaviour & thinking.
  • Gender development.
  • Research Methods – ways in which the subject is studied.

Unit 2:

  • Social Influence – including conformity & obedience.
  • Remembering & forgetting.
  • Anxiety disorders – including explanations and treatment of phobias & OCDs

Unit 3.
Child development:

  • Social development, Cognitive development, Moral development.

Applied Psychology:

  • Cognition & law.
  • Schizophrenia & mood disorders.
  • Stress & stress management.
  • Substance abuse.
  • Forensic Psychology.

Unit 4.

  • Approaches in Psychology and debates & methods in Psychology.

Entry requirements

AS Course - At least 5 GCSE grades at C or above including English Language, Maths and at least a B grade in Science.


AS Course
Unit 1 & 2 - Written Paper (1 hour 30 minutes) and is 50% of the AS Assessment and 25% of the A Level Assessment.

A2 Course
Unit 3 & 4 - Written paper (2 hours) and is 50% of the A2 Assessment and 25% of the A Level Assessment.

Future opportunities

Psychology A Level prepares students for degree level courses in a range of subjects. Psychology is a subject studied in its own right at university and is part of many other courses, especially vocational courses involving working with people. This course prepares students for working with others and so has direct relevance to many occupations. See the British Psychological Society web site for details of careers in psychology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ysgol Emrys Ap Iwan directly.

Last updated date: 22 December 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years