Psychology AS/A Level at Kennet School
In Psychology we take our natural curiosity into why people behave as they do and investigate it in a scientific manner. We investigate and evaluate theories and look at both classic and modern studies that have been carried out by psychologists. Some of their conclusions reinforce what we have learned as a result of our own experiences. Other findings are more surprising and you will be able to apply what you learn to what you see in the world around you. You could be discussing topics based on your experience or on prior reading, or listening to your teacher explain concepts, or watching a video that shows what you have been studying in class happening in real life. You could be designing a psychological experiment, or reading the results of famous investigations and drawing your own conclusions, or researching a topic so that you can present your findings to your class.
In the first year you will be introduced to theory, research and applications of Psychology. You will investigate theories and research into topics such as learning theory, memory, neuroscience and obedience to authority. You will take part in smallscale scientific investigations in each topic area and consider how these investigations should be scientifically controlled and conducted in an ethical manner. You will be required to conduct statistical tests on your results. The second year will be more focused on the applications of psychology such as Clinical and Child Psychology. There will also be a synoptic section in the second half of the year.
Grade B or above in Science and grade 5 in English and Mathematics.
In the AS exam in Year 12, you will be assessed on two papers by short-answer questions and some questions will ask specifically about practical investigations that you have carried out in class. In the three A level papers in Year 13 papers are longer and more detailed answers to questions are required. There is no coursework in either year.
Psychology is universally acceptable for admission to courses of higher education and is recognised as an academic qualification by all employers. It is particularly relevant for occupations that involve ‘working with people’ and is part of the training of teachers, health professionals, police officers and magistrates.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kennet School directly.