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AS Level : Psychology at English Martyrs Catholic School

Course description

AS Psychology

Paper 1

Introductory topics in Psychology.  (Social influences, Human memory, Attachment).  This includes diverse questions such as why do we conform to other?  How does our memory work?  Why do infants become attached to their caregiver?

Paper 2

Psychology in context.  (Approaches, Psychopathology, Research Methods).  This includes questions such as how can we explain human behaviour from the perspective of the main approaches in psychology?  How can we explain and treat phobias, depression and OCD?


Entry requirements

GCSE Maths = Grade C


You will answer a variety of familiar types of question such as multiple choice, short anser and extended writing / essays.

AS Psychology:  Students will sit all the AS exams at the end of Year 1.

Paper 1

Introductory Topics in Psychology.  Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes (50% of AS Level)

Paper 2

Psychology in context

Written exam:  1 hour 30 minutes (50% of AS Level)

Exam Board:  AQA - PLEASE NOTE:  The above information is subject ot change as it is based on a draft spcification for first teaching in September 2015.

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as a science or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Psychology, which could lead you onto higher education to study Psychology or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Psychology and people such as a Counsellor, Nurse or Psychologist. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 26 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year