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Psychology A Level at Preston Manor 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 (HE) and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research. This course introduces students to the theories and methods of psychology. It offers them the opportunity to look at some of the explanations psychologists provide in trying to understand humans and their interactions with the world. It will investigate both psychological and physiological explanations for our behaviour. Psychology is a Science. It is important to have excellent scientific knowledge, skills and enthusiasm for the scientific method.

The course further aims to develop students' descriptive and analytical skills Students will be introduced to new concepts, theories and approaches based on psychological research. The students will need to use this research to critically evaluate theories and practice. Students will explore how research studies are created by learning about how to design, conduct research as well as analysing and interpreting data. Statistics will be used at year 13 in data analysis; therefore, a good Maths background is required. Please note that significant reading and writing outside of class will be expected of students.

This course is suitable for those wanting to develop their interest in psychological skills and knowledge, their interest in biological functioning related to behaviour, and their ability to critically evaluate research and theory. To be successful on this course you must have good Science and Maths skills and advanced writing skills! You will have to write extensive essays using theory and research to back up evaluative comments.

Course content

Paper 1 Introductory topics to Psychology

  • Part 1: Taught in Year 1
  • 4 Topics to be studied for this paper: Social influence, Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology
  • Examination: 2 hours

Paper 2 Psychology in context

  • Part 1: Taught in Year 1
  • 3 Topics to be studied for this paper: Approaches to Psychology, Biopsychology and Research Method
  • Examination: 2 hours

Paper 3 Issues and options in Psychology

  • Part 2: Taught in Year 2
  • 4 Topics to be studied for this paper: Issues and debates in Psychology, Gender, Schizophrenia and Forensic Psychology.
  • Examination: 2 hours

Entry requirements

GCSE English Language level 6, GCSE Triple Science or Additional Science grade B, Maths level and Any written subject: such as Business studies, Geography, History, Media studies, Religious studies or Sociology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Preston Manor School directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years