Psychology A Level at Harris Academy Beckenham
Psychology is the study of the human mind and behaviour. Year 1 aims to give an overview of the main areas of the subject, while year 2 allows for some of these areas to be studied in greater depth. The course is liner and runs over 2 years with students developing and deepening their skills as time progresses on the course. It relies on cross linking and development of links between units as well as within units.
There are three units for Psychology:
Unit 1: Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology (Abnormality)
Unit 2: Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology, Research methods
Unit 3: Issues and debates in Psychology and one choice from each of option 1, 2, and 3:
- Option 1: Relationships OR Gender OR Cognition
- Option 2: Schizophrenia OR Eating Behaviour OR Stress
- Option 3: Aggression OR Forensic Psychology OR Addiction
Students require a grade 5 or above in English Language GCSE and Maths GCSE. If students have taken Psychology GCSE they need to have achieved grade 6 or above.
Exam Board: AQA
Students sit examinations in their A Level courses at the end of Year 13. All students will take internal end of year examinations at the end of year 12 to determine suitability to continue with the subject in Year 13. Students who do not meet the required pass grade in the Year 12 end of year examinations will not be permitted to progress into Year 13.
Each unit is assessed by a 2 hour exam. Exams are a mixture of short and long answer questions.
The course takes two year to complete and all exams are taken in the May/June exam series at the end of year 2.
A Level Psychology is accepted by Universities as an excellent foundation for a wide range of degree courses. It is also an asset in Health and Welfare, Law, Teaching, Marketing, Human Resources, General Management, the Police and Media.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harris Academy Beckenham directly.