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Psychology A Level at Herne Bay High School

Course description

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Psychology is a popular subject choice and involves an exploration of the human mind and behaviour, for example mental disorders, criminal behaviour and memory. We are interested in why human beings behave the way they do.

There are a range of perspectives regarding how human behaviour is explained; including the biological approach that states that we behave the way we do due to our genetics and inherited traits that we have from birth. For instance, they would explain aggressive behaviour in terms of hormones or “the warrior gene” (a gene that predisposes an individual to be aggressive, if it is activated). We encourage students to have an open mind when studying Psychology due to the sensitive nature of some of the topics and to motivate them to look at behaviour from a variety of viewpoints. Psychology is a scientific subject, so students are also encouraged to develop their skills in this area.

 

Entry requirements

Normally 5 GCSE grades in the range of 9-4/ A*- C, including Maths, English, Core  Science, minimum grade 4/C.

 

Assessment

AS level

Psychology: Past to Present

This unit involves the study of five approaches to psychology and how they explain human behaviour: biological, psychodynamic, behaviourist, cognitive and positive. Each approach also has a therapy, a piece of research and a debate attached. For example the biological approach would use drugs to treat mental disorders and the behaviourist approach would use aversion therapy. In your exam you will answer questions on the various different approaches.

50% 1 ¾ hours written paper

AS level

Psychology: Investigating Behaviour

During this unit we will look at two key pieces of research – one on obedience to authority and the other on moral dilemmas. You will also have the change to carry out your own piece of research (with guidance from the department). In the exam you are required to answer questions on the two key studies and the way psychological research is carried out.

50% I ¾ hours written paper

A Level

Psychology: Past to Present

This is the same as AS, but in addition for each approach we will apply each approach to a variety of behaviours.

33.3% 2 ¼ hours written paper

A Level

Psychology: Investigating Behaviour

This is again the same as AS, but you will carry out two of your own pieces of psychological research (with guidance from the department); this brings psychology to life. There will also be other additional pieces of content related to research methods that are not covered at AS.

33.3% 2 ¼ hours written paper

A Level

Psychology: Implications in the Real World

This unit involves studying three specific behaviours; their characteristics, therapy and how psychologists explain them. The three behaviours are crime, schizophrenia and addictive behaviours.

33.3% 2 ¼ hours written paper

 

Financial information

There may be charges for trips and or visits etc

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. You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as a science or one of the humanities to prepare for higher education in 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 specialise in a particular area of Psychology such as education or mental health depending on the area that interests you. You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as a science or one of the humanities to prepare for higher education in 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 specialise in a particular area of Psychology such as education or mental health depending on the area that interests you.

Further information

To continue studies into Year 13 students will need to achieve the required threshold in the end of year assessments along with Head of Department approval.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 May 2018
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  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: WJEC

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