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Psychology A Level at Gordon's School

Course description

The course is examined at the end of Year 12 and as a whole at end of Year 13.

Unit 1: Introductory topics in psychology (Y12 and Y13). Students will study three topics within this unit; Social Influence, Attachment and Memory. Each topic require students to explain key concepts and ideas, evaluate those ideas using research evidence and also to apply knowledge to an unseen scenario.
For Y13 this paper includes Psychopathology as a topic.

Unit 2: Psychology in context (Y12 and Y13).
For this unit students will study Research Methods, Psychopathology and Approaches. Students are asked to explain and evaluate a range of research methods and will also be assessed on their ability to analyse and perform basic calculations of data. Students will also learn explanations for various psychological disorders in the Psychopathology topic. The Approaches topic includes a range of psychological theories and students will need to be able to describe and evaluate each theory.

For Y13 this paper excludes Psychopathology but drawsin more depth on Biopsychology.

Unit 3: Issues and options in psychology (Y13 only).
This unit reflects the pure A Level content of options chosen as well as the underpinning Issues and debatestopic. In the Issues and debatestopic student will explore issuessuch as gender bias within Psychology. Options chosen at A Level are Schizophrenia, Relationships and Forensic Psychology

Entry requirements

The minimum academic requirements to join the Sixth Form are:

1.     A minimum of three GCSE grades A* to C plus at least a grade 4 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics.
AND
2.     The grade criteria for individual subjects as outlined on the last page in this booklet.

Note:
Following the publication of GCSE results in August 2017 students may appeal to governors in the event of academic
requirements not being met. 

Assessment

Exam Papers Y12

Paper 1: Introductory topics in psychology
50%
Students are assessed on their knowledge understanding, application and evaluation of Social Influence, Attachment and Memory topics. This paper contains multiple choice, short answer questions and some and extended writing questions; max 12 marks.

Paper 2: Psychology in context
50%
Students are assessed on their knowledge, understanding, application and evaluation of Research Methods, Psychopathology and Approaches.

Exam Papers Y13
Paper 1: Introductory topics in psychology
33%
Students are assessed on their knowledge understanding, application and evaluation of Social Influence, Attachment, Memory and Psychopathology topics. No MC, and the extended writing is 16 marks.

Paper 2: Psychology in context
33%
Students are assessed on their knowledge understanding, application and evaluation of Research Methods, Biopsychology and Approaches. Data interpretation and mathematical content included.

Paper 3: Issues & options in psychology
33%
Students are assessed on their knowledge understanding, application and evaluation of Schizophrenia, Relationships and Forensic Psychology. No MC, and the extended writing is 16 marks.

Further information

WIDER READING

- Baddeley, A., Eysenck, M., Anderson, C. (2014) Memory. Psychology Press; 2 edition
- Bowlby, J. (2005) The making and breaking of affectional bonds. Routledge; New Ed edition.
- Butcher, J.M., Hooley, J., Mineka, S. (2014) Abnormal Psychology. Routledge; New Ed edition.
- Milgram, S. (2010) ‘Obedience to Authority’. London, Pinter & Martin Ltd.
- Eysenck, M. W. and M. T. Keane (2010). Cognitive psychology : a student's handbook. . Hove, Psychology Press.
- Hogg, M. A. and G. M. Vaughan (2010). Essentials of social psychology..London, Prentice Hall
- Nolen-Hoeksema, S., B. Fredrickson, et al. (2009). Atkinson and Hilgard's introduction to psychology. Andover, Cengage Learning.
- Schaffer, H. R. (2006). Key concepts in developmental psychology. London, SAGE.
- Slater, L. (2005) Opening Skinner’s box: Great psychological experiments in the twentieth century. Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
- Zimbardo, P. (2008) The Lucifer effect: how good people turn evil. Rider.
- ESSENTIAL: A Level student magazine: Psychology Review

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gordon's School directly.

Last updated date: 16 May 2017
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