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Psychology AS/A Level at Helsby High School

Course description

Psychology is the science of human behaviour. In this subject we investigate human memory and attachment relationships. We assess the stress response and its effects on the body. We discuss social influence and what makes some people more obedient than others. We will also delve into the world of mental illness and mental health issues – and all this is just at AS level!

If you find human behaviour interesting and if you like to discuss and debate ideas then Psychology is an ideal choice. Psychology A level will develop your understanding of human behaviour, it will enhance your critical mind whilst also adding to your essay writing and literacy skills. You will learn how to present a good argument and hone your scientific skills.

Psychology will help you in any career that involves working with people. From the police force to retail to journalism, psychology can give you that extra insight that can support whichever occupation you’re interested in.

AS and A Level courses based on this specification should encourage candidates to:

 

  • Develop their interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers in the subject
  • Appreciate how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society
  • Develop and demonstrate a deeper appreciation of the skills, knowledge and understanding of How Science Works
  • Develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of the subject and how they relate to each other.

Course content

Unit 1 (PSYA1) – Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Research Methods

  • 50% of the total AS marks, 25% of the total A2 marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Structured compulsory questions based on Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Research Methods.
  • Questions include short answer, stimulus material and one 12-mark question requiring extended writing in which QWC will be assessed.
  • Will be sat in January

Unit 2 (PSYA2) – Biological Psychology, Social Psychology and Individual Differences

  • 50% of the total AS marks, 25% of the total A2 marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Three compulsory structured questions, one based on the Biological Psychology content, one based on the Social Psychology content and one based on the Individual Differences content.
  • Questions include short answer, stimulus material and one or more 12-mark questions requiring extended writing in which QWC will be assessed.
  • Will be sat in May/June

Unit 3 (PSYA3) – Topics in Psychology

  • 25% of th total A Level marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Three essay-style questions chosen from teacher chosen topics:
    • Relationships
    • Aggression
    • Perception
  • Quality of written communication will be assessed throughout.
  • Will be sat in June

Unit 4 (PSYA4) – Psychopathology, Psychology in Action and Research Methods

  • 25% of th total A Level marks
  • 2 hours
  • Three sections:
    • Psychopathology: One essay-style question about Schizophrenia. Quality of written communication will be assessed in this essay.
    • Psychology in Action: One question about addiction
    • Research Methods: One compulsory structured question.
  • Will be sat in June
 

 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 July 2016

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