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Psychology A Level at Malton School

Course description

The course will provide you with a sound understanding of the various methods and approaches in psychology. For those going on to study the subject at university, it will provide you with a sound, broad basis from which you can specialise.

We follow the new AQA Psychology course which can be studied to AS Level in Year 12 or can be extended into a second year in order to gain an A Level in Psychology.The topics that are likely to be covered will include: Social influence, memory, attachment, psychopathology, approaches to psychology, biopsychology, research methods, issues and debates in psychology, relationships, gender, schizophrenia and addiction.

A good GCSE grade in Science and Mathematics is recommended, at the very least a C grade. Psychology is a science and there is a significant amount of mathematical understanding required in the analysis of experiments and statistics. There is also a strong influence of biological science in the course. There is no requirement of prior knowledge of psychology when embarking on this demanding A Level.

Assessment

There are two examinations of 1 hour and 30 minutes at the end of the AS course. These assess, knowledge, the ability to apply understanding of the course and the skill of interpretation and evaluation. These are assessed through multiple choice, short answer and extended writing. The results at AS will not count towards an A Level qualification which is made up of three entirely separate exams. Each of the three exams will be two hours long and again include multiple choice, short answer and extended writing elements.

Future opportunities

AS/A2 Psychology can help with careers in counselling, education, medicine, social work, amongst others. Psychology develops the valuable and critical thinking skills that many employers are searching for. Acquiring the skills of application should ease the transition to higher education where students are required to think for themselves.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 February 2017

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