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Psychology A-level at Springwood High School

Course description

Like biology, chemistry and physics, pyschology is a scientific discipline but unlike the natural sciences, psychologists are interested in understanding why people behave the way they do.

Course content

The A level course will enable you to develop a broad knowledge and understanding some of the core issues and debates of psychology, through a range of interesting topics, including social psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology; biopsychology, psychopathology, explanations of gender and schizophrenia and forensic psychology.

Although there is no coursework in A Level psychology, students will be given the opportunity to utilise the Research methods they have learnt in the form of an independent research project in the summer term of year 1.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 A* - C grades at GCSE including Maths and English. B grades in Biology or Double Science, English Language and Mathematics.

Assessment

Three, two hour papers in the June of the second year of study.

Paper 1: social influence, memory, attachment and psychopathology. Multiple choice questions, short answer questions and extended writing totalling 24 marks for each section. Total 96 marks (33% of A Level).

Paper 2: approaches in psychology, biopsychology and research methods. Multiple choice questions, short answer questions and extended writing totalling 24 marks in sections A and B and 48 in section C. Total 96 marks (33% of A Level).

Paper 3: issues and debates in psychology, gender, schizophrenia and forensic psychology. Multiple choice questions, short answer questions and extended writing totalling 24 marks for each section. Total 96 marks (33% of A Level).

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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