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Psychology at Marlwood School

Course description

Psychology will be a new subject to students entering Post 16 studies. The course is designed to provide a broad introduction to the scope and nature of Psychology as a Science. The specification emphasises applying knowledge and understanding rather than acquiring knowledge. This will not only show students how the subject relates to everyday life but will also provide them with transferable skills of analysis, evaluation and critical thinking.

At Marlwood we have an excellent record of achievement for students, those who try hard and work well often exceed their target grade. A recent quote from a Yr 12 student was “I have learnt not to assume anything, evidence is the key” There will be two papers at AS level.PSYA 1 will include memory and its application to everyday life with a focus on eyewitness testimony as well as developmental psychology which will focus on attachment in early life and its effect on later development. Research methods will be covered within both of these topics.PSYA 2 will cover biological psychology by looking at stress and social psychology with the emphasis on social influence.

Moving on to A2, for ‘PSYA 3’, students will develop knowledge, understanding and skills of analysis and evaluation in relation to three topics selected from the following –relationships, eating behaviour, intelligence and learning, gender and biological rhythms and sleep.PSYA 4 focuses on psychopathology, Psychology in action and research methods.

Entry requirements

The entry requirements are at least 5 A* to C at GCSE including 2 B’s of which one should be in Science or English.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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