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Psychology AS/A Level at Fitzharrys School

Course description

This is a subject which is now a reformed A level which means that the result of the AS exams does not contribute to the overall A level mark and grade. If a student leave s the course after AS then this new type of AS is worth 40% of the UCAS points of the full A level for University entry in 2017 and beyond. If a student completes the two year A level course then it is only assessment at the end of the second year that counts towards the full A level grade.

Course content


  • Social Influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Approaches to Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Research Methods


  • Social Influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Approaches to Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Research Methods

One of : Relationships, gender or cognitive development
One of: Schizophrenia, eating behaviour or stress
One of: Aggression, forensic psychology or addiction

Entry requirements

• An interest in human beings; their thinking, behaviour and emotions.

• An ability to learn and use key terms.

• An ability to learn theories and research information.

• An enquiring mind that can critically analyse information, research, theories and ideas

•A keen interest in using mathematical skills

•An ability to write essays and be reflective on feedback.


Psychology is assessed by end of year examinations which consist of a mixture of multiple choice, short answer and extended (essay) questions. In class, you will be assessed through class tests, past paper questions, essays and quizzes.

Future opportunities

Psychology links to a range of careers that involve analytical thinking, an understanding of human behaviour and emotions and a range of critical thinking skills. These include:
• Psychology
• Therapy and other mental health work
• Nursing • Social Care
• Teaching
• Sports psychology and coaching
• Working with children•Police, Armed Forces, etc.

Further information

Our learning depends on a variety of lesson techniques
  • Reading and note-taking
  • Individual research e.g. interviews, questionnaires,
  • observations
  • Debate and discussion
  • Presentations
  • Flipped classroom and “teach it” activities

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 October 2016
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