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Psychology A Level at Cedars Upper School

Course description

This qualification offers an engaging and effective introduction to Psychology. Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by Higher Education and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research.
This A level will enable students to develop a broad range of psychological knowledge and understanding of the core areas, such as: Social Influence, Memory, Attachments, Biopsychology, Psychopathology and Research Methods. Students will explore a range of topics that have been chosen for their accessibility and popularity.

Course content

Year 12 - Year 1
 Introductory topics in Psychology: Social Influence, Memory, Attachments and Psychopathology.
 Psychology in Context: Approaches in Psychology (in both years), Biopsychology,
 Research Methods (in both years)
Year 13 - Year 2
 Issues and Debates in Psychology
 Options include:
o Relationships, Gender, Cognitive and Development
o Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour and Stress
o Aggression, Forensic Psychology and Addiction

Entry requirements

Because of the academic nature of this A level and the need for ability in 3 subject areas, we would expect students to have gained a minimum of GCSE level 6 at in English Language, level 5 in Maths, and level 6 in Biology.

Assessment

A Level: (all exams are held at the end of Year 13)
Paper 1 – 2 hours - 4 sections of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions. (96 marks – 33.3% of A level)
Paper 2 – 2 hours - 3 sections of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions. (96 marks – 33.3% of A level)
Paper 3 – 2 hours – 4 sections of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions. (96 marks – 33.3% of A level)

Financial information

2 x Psychology text books. These can be ordered from Amazon. There may also be a number of second hand books available from the dept.

Future opportunities

There are many areas that Psychology is useful. After postgraduate study it is possible to specialise in areas such as, Educational, Occupational, Clinical, Developmental, and Criminal Psychology to name but a few. It is also helpful in careers that involve working with people, like nursing, teaching etc.

Further information

This course is suitable for the diverse range of candidates who may wish to develop their interest in psychology. The course is designed to develop a basic understanding of the breadth of different approaches in psychology. The study of the concepts, theories and research will provide an excellent foundation for a higher education course in either pure psychology or a course that requires some psychology disciplines. It may also be useful for those intending to pursue a career in such areas as media, business and the social sciences.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cedars Upper School directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2017
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Key information

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

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