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Psychology A-Level *Fees payable* at Brentwood School

Course description

The student who wishes to study Psychology at AS or A2 Level needs to be able to critically evaluate text, analyse figures and use scientific methodology. Thus, skills acquired at GCSE in English, Maths and Science are important, along with an interest in understanding human behaviour. During the course, students need to be able to communicate effectively and to research information from a variety of sources.

Course content

What is learnt on this course?
This specification aims to develop students’ interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in progression to higher education and vocations in psychology. To allow students to appreciate the scientific nature of psychology and to debate contemporary issues through an understanding of research. To allow students to develop knowledge and understanding of the subject and to understand how different areas are related to each other.

AS Level
The AS Level consists of two assessment units.

Unit One – Social and Cognitive Psychology

Content summary:

This unit is designed to introduce the social and cognitive approaches to Psychology through the development of key content areas. The unit is divided into two parts: Social Psychology: obedience and prejudiceand Cognitive Psychology: memory and forgetting.

The unit is designed to enable choice within each approach in the selection of a second key study and a key issue relevant to the approach. Within each approach there is the requirement for students to conduct a short practical investigation.

Assessment:

Examination paper of 1 hour 20 minutes duration, consisting of a section of objective test items, a section of short-answer questions and a section of extended writing.

Unit Two – Understanding the Individual

Content summary:

This unit is designed to introduce three approaches in Psychology; the Psychodynamic Approach, the Biological Approach and the Learning Approach. This unit aims to develop students’ understanding of psychological issues of development, individual difference and biology through the study of these approaches.

Within each approach there is the requirement for students to conduct a short practical investigation.

 

Assessment

Examination paper of 1 hour 40 minutes duration, consisting of a section of objective test items, a section of short-answer questions and a section of extended writing.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 November 2015

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