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Psychology AS/A2 Level at Balby Carr Community Academy

Course description

Psychology is the scientific study of the behaviour of humans and animals. Psychologists use scientific methods in an attempt to understand and predict behaviour, to develop procedures for changing behaviour, and to evaluate treatment strategies. There are many areas of psychology, each attempting to explain behaviour from a slightly different perspective. Social psychology is concerned with the effects of social situations on human behaviour.

Developmental psychologists study the principles and processes responsible for change throughout life. Physiological psychologists are concerned with the biological bases of behaviour. Learning is an area of psychology exploring how new behaviours are learned and maintained. Cognitive psychologists investigate memory, thought, problem solving, and the psychological aspects of learning.

Course content

See above.

Entry requirements

It is preferable for students studying Psychology to have achieved a GCSE grade B in Science and English and a minimum of a C in Maths.


Each qualification is assessed by an external examination. At AS there are three sections to each exam comprising of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions (worth 24 marks).

At A level the exams follow a similar format to AS, but with the requirement in Paper 2 to also write a 48 mark extended writing question. Student can choose to follow either the AS as a one year course or the A Level as a 2 year course.

Exams for each qualification take place at the end of the course. Students following the AS course can continue and take the full A level course if they wish.

Future opportunities

Students who take this subject go on to many different careers. These include:

 The Health Industry

 Public Relations

 Personnel Work

 Psychology (Clinical, Experimental, Neuropsychology, Occupational, Sports, Military etc)

 Business Management

 Advertising and Media

 Teaching

 The Social Services

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Balby Carr Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 02 June 2015

Key information

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