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Psychology A Level at Feversham College

Course description

Psychology involves the study of human behaviour and the process which determines that behaviour (e.g. memory, language, relationships). Psychology adopts a scientific approach, meaning the language is complex and analytical. Psychology is fascinating, diverse and stimulating to anyone interested in people. It involves a lot of reading and hard work so you should be motivated and organised.

Psychology offers a broad range of topics with emphasis on applying knowledge and understanding, thereby developing the transferable skills of analysis and critical thinking. Psychology can be combined with many subjects as it is chosen by those who plan to become doctors, dentists, pharmacists as well as geologists, historians, counsellors, social workers and teachers. Psychology also provides a route into modern foreign languages and areas like theatre and media studies. Psychology makes an important contribution to lifelong learning

Course content

Under the new A-level specification students will have the opportunity to study a diverse number of topics, which could include the following:

  1. Social influence
  2. Memory
  3. Attachment
  4. Psychopathology
  5. Approaches in psychology
  6. Biopsychology
  7. Research methods
  8. Issues and debates in psychology
  9. Relationships
  10. Eating behaviour
  11. Aggression

Entry requirements

At least a C grade on the higher Maths paper.

The GCSE profile of students following the academic pathway is 5 A*-B (including English Language) and A*-C in Maths.

Assessment

All students will need to complete exams for two units to be awarded an AS in Psychology. These will be examined in paper 1 and 2. Those students who continue with A2 Psychology will complete a further 3 papers in year 13– they will retake papers 1 and 2, but this time to A-level standard (rather than AS standard) and will also take an additional third paper.

Paper 1: Introductory topics psychology, written exam: 2 hours Worth a third of A-level

Paper 2: Psychology in context, written exam: 2 hours Worth a third of A-level

Paper 3: Issues and options in psychology, written exam: 2 hours Worth a third of A-level

Future opportunities

Your AS / A2 will be nationally recognised by all universities and institutions and will contribute to your points score for entry into higher education.

Students can go on to study psychology in Higher Education which can lead to a wide range of careers including education, health and welfare, social work, and research. Psychology also develops skills that are valuable in the workplace such as independent thinking, analytical and evaluative skills.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years

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