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Psychology AS/A-Level at St Clement Danes School

Course description

As Psychology is classified as a Science, students will need to possess an awareness of the value of a scientific approach to enquiry. Students also need a genuine interest in the human mind and our behaviour to fully appreciate this course. Psychology is a valuable subject for entry into a number of career areas. In particular Psychology may be of use in business, health-related careers, education and professions where interaction with others is a key feature. Skills developed in this course, such as the ability to think critically and create a well reasoned argument, can also be applied to many further study options and career choices.

Aims

  • To study research into the human mind and our behaviour
  • To be aware of the various theoretical approaches in Psychology
  • To understand and evaluate the methods used in psychological experimentation
  • To be able to interpret and analyse the findings and conclusions of theory and research

Students will be expected to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of psychological concepts, theories, research studies, research methods and ethical issues in relation to the specified Paper 1 content
  • Apply psychological knowledge and understanding of the specified Paper 1 content in a range of contexts
  • Analyse, interpret and evaluate psychological concepts, theories, research studies and research methods in relation to the specified Paper 1 content
  • Evaluate therapies and treatments including in terms of their appropriateness and effectiveness

Course content

AS

Unit 1: Introductory topics in psychology:

  • Social Influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment

Unit 2: Psychology in context:

  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Research Methods

A2

Unit 1: The same topics as AS but in more depth plus: Psychopathology

Unit 2: The same topics as AS with the exclusion of Psychology and the inclusion of Biopsychology

Unit 3: Issues and Options in Psychology:

  • Issues and debates in Psychology
  • Gender
  • Stress
  • Aggression

Entry requirements

English/English Language: C and Additional Science: B or Biology: B.

Assessment

The AS assessment is by two exam papers: Each exam paper is 1 hour 30 mins; 72 marks in total Each paper is 50% of AS Level. In each paper there are 3 sections each comprising of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing.

The A Level assessment is by three exam papers: Each exam paper is 2 hours long; 96 marks in total Each paper is 33% of the A Level. In each paper there are 3 sections each comprising of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Clement Danes School directly.

Last updated date: 07 September 2016
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Key information

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

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