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Psychology A Level at Amersham School

Course description

Psychology is a vast and intense subject. Candidates keen on the discussion, debating and critical thinking, with strong numerical and literacy skills, will thrive.

The ability to conceptualise ideas and link these to theorem will result in candidates being successful. Psychology is a science based subject and will require verbal, written and practical skills.

Psychology is a popular subject which is attractive to students because it develops a range of valuable skills, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research. These skills are particularly relevant to young people and are transferable to further study and the workplace.

There is currently a dynamic team of teachers who specialise in the given areas of study. We look forward to helping you reach and exceed your targets through hard work and determination.

Course content

Paper 1- Introductory Topics
In this topic you will study the fundamentals of Psychology, using prolific studies to formulate ideas and opinions

Paper 2 – Psychology in context
Students will understand the complexities of the different approaches to Psychology and use numeracy skills to explore data.

Paper 3- Issues and Option
Students have the ability to choose options of study. There are analysis and evaluation of unusual and interesting key studies.

Entry requirements

8 GCSE Grades A*- C including Grade 6 Maths and English


Paper 1- Introductory Topics
Compulsory content: Social Influence, Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology. 2 hour written paper, 33.3% of the A Level.

Paper 2- Psychology in context
Compulsory content: Approaches, Biopsychology and Research Methods. 2 hour written paper, 33.3% of the A Level.

Paper 3- Issues and Options
Compulsory content: Issues and debates. Optional content: Relationships, Gender, Schizophrenia, Child development, Eating behaviours, Stress, Aggression, Addiction and Forensics. 2 hour written paper, 33.3% of the A Level.

Future opportunities

Psychology is an excellent choice for study in post-16 education. The subject is also the most frequently studied topic within other degrees. The skills learnt at A Level will easily translate to specific modules within both Batchelor of the Arts and Science degrees.

Careers could include Clinical Psychologist, Counselling, Educational Psychologist, Forensic Psychology and Policing, Marketing, Human Resources, Public Relations, Psychotherapist and Teaching.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 August 2017
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