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Psychology - AS / A level at King Edward VI CEVC Upper School

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Psychology is about people and animals - how they think, how they act, react and interact. It is concerned with all aspects of behaviour and the thoughts, feelings and motivations underlying such behaviour. You will have the opportunity to explore some of the main areas of psychology and undertake some practical work. During the course you will learn:

  1. about the theories of psychologists and the language they use to explain and discuss ideas
  2. to understand the nature of psychological evidence and the methods used by psychologists to analyse and evaluate it
  3. to develop an understanding of simple statistical techniques and their relation to measuring and understanding human behaviour
  4. to plan and carry out psychological investigations related to a course topic
  5. to develop skills of critical analysis and evaluation of theories and their relation to human behaviour.

Entry requirements

You can take AS and A-level without having studied Psychology for GCSE.

You should have at least GCSE grade C in English and grade B in a humanities-based subject, Science and Mathematics.

It is important to have a keen interest in human and animal behaviour.


AS level

Unit 1 - Social and cognitive psychology Structured questions and an extended writing section linked to two psychological approaches. Unit 2 - Understanding the individual Structured questions and an extended writing section linked to the psychodynamic, biological and learning approaches In order to progress to A2 you must achieve a grade C at AS.


Unit 3 - Applications of psychology Structured questions and an extended writing section applied to criminal psychology and child psychology.

Unit 4 - How psychology works Structured questions and an extended writing section applied to clinical psychology and issues and debates within psychology.

Further information

This course will appeal to students who:

  1. have an interest in human behaviour
  2. like to engage in practical research activities
  3. want to improve their analytical skills
  4. want to study a subject which encourages them to investigate and question evidence in order to make up their own minds
  5. want to include a science-based subject in their selection of studies
  6. want to keep their options open.
Psychology complements almost any other subject, for example: Business Studies, Physical Education, Health and Social Care, Media Studies, Sociology and many more. In short, having an understanding of human behaviour will give you a valuable life skill that can be applied to any area of social or academic life.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI CEVC Upper School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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