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Psychology A Level at Bishop Stopford's School

Course description

Ever wondered if prison really does change criminal behaviour? Or why some people conform? Or perhaps if the experiences you had before the age of five really do shape the person you are today?

AS and A Level Psychology will give you an understanding of the way people think and why people behave in certain ways. You will learn a variety of skills including analytical thinking, improved communication, problem solving and many more that will prepare you for an exciting future with the possibility of a range of fantastic careers.


Course content

What topics will you study? :-

 AS and first year of A Level:- 
  • Social influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Research methods.


Second year of A Level Compulsory content:-

• Issues and debates in psychology


Option 1

  • Relationships 
  • Gender
  • Cognition and Development

Option 2

  • Schizophrenia 
  • Eating Behaviour
  • Stress

Option 3

  • Aggression 
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Addiction 


Entry requirements

At least Grade B GCSE in Core and Additional Science as well as Grade B in English Language. Students are required to have a good understanding of statistical methods.


There are two exams at AS each worth 50% of your AS qualification. Each exam lasts 1 hour 30 minutes and is worth 72 marks. The exams consist of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

At A Level there are three exams, each account for one third of you’re a Level. The three exams last 2 hours and are worth 96 marks each. The exams consist of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 September 2016

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