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Psychology AS/A2 Level at Birchwood Community High School

Course description

Psychology at A Level gives an excellent foundation for higher education, as it incorporates many techniques from English, Maths and Science. Future career pathways include; Educational Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Child Psychology and Forensic Psychology.

This AQA course has been designed to give learners a good foundation in the approaches used in Psychology. It also provides students with a sound understanding of how scientists conduct research to support their hypothesis.

Throughout the course, the five schools of Psychology are introduced; Cognitive, Social, Biological, Developmental and Psychoanalytical. Some famous studies, such as Freud’s are also introduced and debated.

Ethics is introduced and discussed in great detail throughout the course, with attention paid to the ethics of Milgram’s ‘Obedience to Authority’ study, in addition to applying ethics in our own classroom research.

Psychology A Level is designed to be taken over 2 years with all assessments taken at the end of the course. The AS  course involves students sitting 2 examinations at the end of Year 12.

Course content

AS Psychology                          

  • 1 Social influence
  • 2 Memory
  • 3 Attachment
  • 4 Approaches in Psychology
  • 5 Psychopathology
  • 6 Research methods

A Level Psychology

  • 1 Social influence
  • 2 Memory
  • 3 Attachment
  • 4 Psychopathology
  • 5 Approaches in Psychology
  • 6 Biopsychology
  • 7 Research methods
  • 8 Issues and debates in psychology
  • 3 additional areas of study will also be undertaken

Assessment

AS Examinations


Paper 1—Introductory Topics in Psychology

Written exam assessing 1-3 above (1hr 30min) 50% of AS

Paper 2 – Psychology in Context

Written exam assessing 4-6 above (1hr 30min) 50%  of AS

 

A Level  Examinations

Paper 1—Introductory Topics in Psychology

Written  exam assessing 1-4 (2hrs) 33.3% of A Level

Paper 2—Psychology in Context

Written exam assessing 5-7 (2hrs) 33.3% of  A Level

Paper 3— Issues & Options in Psychology

Written exam assessing 8 and the 3 additional areas of study (2hrs) 33.3% A Level

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 May 2015

Key information

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

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