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Psychology AS Level at North Lindsey College

Course description

There are two qualifications available:
AS level stand-alone qualification, completed in one year 
A level qualification, completed over two years.

Please Note: Psychology runs both one year courses at AS level and two year courses at A2 level. These are separate courses and transfer from one to the other is not possible at the end of your first year of study.

Students study introductory topics and psychology in context at AS level to gain a foundation in psychology. 
At A-Level students study introductory topics, psychology in context and issues and debates in psychology alongside a range of options such as relationships, schizophrenia and forensic psychology.

Common to both qualifications is the opportunity for students to develop:
- an understanding of the main perspectives in psychology; 
- an ability to critically analyse psychological research/theories 
- an ability to use scientific research methods through the design, implementation and analysis of their own research.

Course content

FOR AS PSYCHOLOGY
AS Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology
This includes Social influence; Memory and Attachments.
Externally assessed by written paper (1 hour 30 minutes)
50% of AS
AS Paper 2: Psychology in Context
This includes Approaches in Psychology; Psychopathology and Research Methods
Externally assessed by written paper (1 hour 30 minutes)
50% of AS

FOR A- Level PSYCHOLOGY
A-Level Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology
This includes Social influence; Memory, Attachments and Psychopathology.
Externally assessed by written paper (2 hours) 33.3% of A level
A-Level Paper 2: Psychology in Context
This includes Approaches in Psychology; Biopsychology and Research Methods
Externally assessed by written paper (2 hours) 33.3% of A level
A-Level Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology
This includes Issues and Debates, and choices to study one topic from each of three options:
Option 1: Relationships, Gender and Cognition and Development
Option 2: Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour and Stress
Option 3: Aggression, Forensic Psychology and Addiction
Externally assessed by written paper (2 hours) 33.3% of A level

Entry requirements

You will need English GCSE at grade B and a minimum of 4 other academic GCSEs at Grades A* - C including mathematics.

Assessment

All units in this course are assessed by written examination.

Future opportunities

Students can progress to Higher Education or employment in a wide range of occupations. All Advanced Qualifications earn UCAS points, which contribute to university entry requirements and which are valid for life.

The majority of students who achieve this qualification progress to university.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact North Lindsey College directly.

Last updated date: 09 May 2016

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