Psychology at Tuxford Academy Technology College and Training School
Why study Psychology?
Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and experience. The AS and A2 courses, although separate are both a refreshing and stimulating alternative to the traditional A Level subjects. We find that students enjoy the demands of this challenging and engaging course. Now one of the more popular choices of degree at university, it embraces a wide range of disciplines, complementing both science and art based subjects.
What will I learn about?
The simple answer to this is: studying behaviour! The AS and A2 courses both cover a wide range of approaches to human behaviour in psychology, and investigate behaviours such as aggression, learning, memory, attention, language, culture, groups. The A2 course specifically looks at criminal behaviour and mental health alongside well-known debates in psychology such as Is Psychology a Science, and Nature vs. Nurture.
How is it taught?
Students are encouraged through a range of teaching techniques to develop responsibility for their own learning. In lessons you will encounter discussions, debates, presentations, videos, lectures, research, experiments to create a varied and interesting learning environment. We also offer extra- curricular trips to The Magistrates Court in Nottingham, and London Zoo to investigate phobias.
How will I be assessed?
On the AS Course: there will be 2 exams, each worth 50% of the final AS grade. These will be external exams available in the summer term of Year 12. Both exams are worth 70 marks and are one hour and thirty minutes long.
8PS0/01: Social and Cognitive Psychology 8PS0/02: Biological Psychology and Learning Theories
On the A2 Course: There will be 3 exams, all available in the summer term of Year 13. Two exams are worth 35% of your final grade, and the third is worth 30%. The exams are in more detail below:
9PS0/01: Foundations in Psychology (Biological, Social, Cognitive and Learning) 35% of qualification, 2 hour exam with 90 marks available.
9PS0/02: Applications of Psychology (Clinical and Criminal Psychology) 35% of qualification, 2 hour exam with 90 marks available.
9PS0/03: Psychological Skills (Methods, Synoptic Review, Issues and Debates) 30% of qualification, 2 hour exam with 80 marks available.
All exams will compromise of a mixture of long and short style answers, with some essay questions. There is also a larger amount of mathematical skills needed for A2 Psychology now, please feel free to ask a teacher for more information on this.
Pathways to future careers/ courses
An A Level in Psychology is taken as seriously as an A Level in other subjects when applying to universities. It is also considered a science subject by a number of top universities. This is a popular course which students enjoy but it is also a serious subject.
Employers like students with a qualification in psychology because it demonstrates a high level of analytical thinking along with a good knowledge of people skills. Psychology graduates are valued for their strong communication skills. It is a subject which is useful in just about all fields of work so by choosing to study psychology you do not limit your future options, but can actually broaden them.
5 A*-C including a B in Maths, English and Science.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tuxford Academy Technology College and Training School directly.