Psychology AS/A Level 3 at Mayfield Grammar School, Gravesend
The most important quality for anyone wanting to study psychology is to find people fascinating. Are you intrigued by why people act in the way they do? If so, then psychology will capture your imagination and you will never look at people in the same way again. You will need to:
• be willing to have your opinions and values challenged
• be willing to listen to and take on board new ideas and novel arguments
• be able to see both sides of an issue and not reject one side simply because you believe it is wrong.
Psychology provides many opportunities to develop skills in assessing debates and arguments. You also need to show a knowledge and understanding of how science works and mathematical skills and be able to apply these appropriately.
This is intended as a broad introduction to Psychology. The AS consists of two examination papers.
Paper One: Social and Cognitive Psychology.
Paper Two: Biological psychology and learning theories.
This course consists of a broad introduction to Psychology with further study of specific topic areas which enable students to apply the theoretical approaches.
Paper One: Foundations of Psychology
Paper Two: Application of Psychology
Paper Three: Psychological Skills
Grade 6 in two GCSE Science subjects and Grade 6 in Maths.
All students follow the two core Papers. Paper one is worth 50% of the AS Level and is assessed as part of a 1½ hour examination. Paper two is worth 50% of the AS Level and is assessed as part of a 1½ hour examination.
All students following the full A Level course will complete all three papers. Paper one is worth 35% of the A Level and is assessed as part of a 2 hour examination. Paper two is worth 35% of the A Level and is assessed as part of a 2 hour examination. Paper three is worth 30% of the A Level and is assessed as part of a 2 hour examination.
Typical grade requirements to study Psychology/a psychology related degree are as follows: Oxbridge: A*AA. Russell Group: A*AA to AAB. Non Russell Group: AAA to BBB.
You could go on to do a degree in: Psychology; Dietician; Nursing; Midwifery; Paediatrician; Business Management; Human Resource Management; Counselling; Sales and Marketing; Web Design and Digital Media; Environmental Science; Resource Management; Psychology and Sport; Psychology and Counselling; Forensic Psychobiology; Computing Science and Psychology
Career Options: Psychologist – Clinical; Counselling; Educational; Forensic; Neuropsychology; Occupational; Sport; Health; Medicine; NHS; Teacher; Journalism; Management; Human Resources; Marketing and Sales
This is a worthwhile course for any student interested in understanding human behaviour and who would like to continue the subject beyond A Level. It is also considered useful for students wishing to embark on a ‘person related’ career such as human resources or teaching and even marketing and advertising. It must be noted that this is a theoretical course and students are expected to do a fair amount of background reading.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Mayfield Grammar School, Gravesend directly.