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Psychology A Level at Colston's Girls' School

Course description

Why study Psychology?
Studying Psychology at AS Level/A Level will provide you with the knowledge to explain human behaviour and will give you an appreciation of individual differences that exist within society.

Course content

The AS Level course consists of two compulsory units:
1. Introductory Topics in Psychology– in this unit we examine Social Influence, Memory and Attachment
2. Psychology in Context– in this unit we examine Approaches in Psychology, Psychopathology and Research Methods

The A Level course consists of eight compulsory topics and three optional topics.

The compulsory topics are:

1. Social Influence
2. Memory
3. Attachment
4. Psychopathology
5. Approaches in Psychology
6. Biopsychology
7. Research Methods
8. Issues and Debates in Psychology

The optional topics are (one topic will be chosen from each section):

1. Relationships, Gender, Cognition and Development
2. Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour, Stress
3. Aggression, Forensic Psychology, Addiction

Entry requirements

Psychology is a demanding subject. For this reason you will need to have a C grade in English, Maths and Science in order to get onto the course.

An ability to carry out extended writing, a knowledge of human physiology and an understanding of statistical analysis and presentation are very important starting points for studying AS Level/A Level Psychology


AS Level – The topics are assessed by two examinations. The exams are 1 hour and 30 minutes long, each worth 72 marks in total and make up 50% of the AS level.

A Level - The topics are assessed by three examinations. The exams are 2 hours long, each worth 96 marks in total and make up 33.3% of the A Level.

Future opportunities

Psychology is one of the fastest growing subjects at undergraduate level and prepares you for any people centred career. For example, social work, teaching, childcare, youth work, human resources and marketing all require knowledge and skills you gain from studying the subject.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Colston's Girls' School directly.

Last updated date: 19 April 2017
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