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A Level Psychology at North Oxfordshire Academy

Course description

Psychology is concerned with answering questions about human behaviour. It focuses on the science of the mind, behaviour and experience. It looks at how individuals think, what they do and the way they are affected by their biological make up and their wider social group. At AS level, the course focuses on developing a broad knowledge and understanding of the core topics of modern psychology. In the second year of the course students will cover child development and current debates in Psychology.

Course content

The course is split into four units. There are two compulsory units for the AS and two units for the complete A-Level. The units are all externally assessed through exams over the two years.

  •  UNIT 1 – Introducing Psychology
  •  UNIT 2 – Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology and Individual Differences
  •  UNIT 3 – Child Development and Applied Options
  •  UNIT 4 – Approaches, Debates and Methods in Psychology.

Entry requirements

To do this course, you will need: 5 A*-C at GCSE including English, Maths and Science.

Future opportunities

In combination with other A levels or vocational courses, Psychology A level can lead to study at university on a range of courses. A degree in Psychology can lead into many career areas such as Clinical Psychology, Counselling, Educational Psychology, Criminal Psychology or Health Psychology. Other careers that Psychology could lead to include health and social welfare occupations, or commercial, professional and managerial jobs.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact North Oxfordshire Academy directly.

Last updated date: 05 May 2015

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