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Psychology A-Level at Sir William Ramsay School

Course description

People have many different reasons for studying Psychology. If you are interested in the processes, motives, reactions and nature of the human mind then this is the subject for you. It will help you understand why people behave the way they do and how psychologists go about finding out about human behaviour.

Psychology involves understanding new concepts and terminology, but there is also plenty of opportunity for discussion and you will need to take an active role in independent research. Taking this into consideration, Psychology can take you forward to new levels of understanding human behaviour.

Course content

AS Level


Unit title and description

  • Cognitive Psychology, Development Psychology and Research Methods 1 hour 30 minutes written exam - 50%
  • Biological Psychology, Social Psychology and individual differences. 1 hour 30 minutes written exam - 50%

A Level


Unit title and description

  • Topics in Psychology. 1 hour 30 minutes written exam - 25%
  • Psychopathology, Psychology Action Research Methods. 2 hours written exam 25%

Entry requirements

The course links with the Humanities subjects and builds on the knowledge and understanding of GCSE Core and Additional Science. It is expected that students will have achieved a minimum of a ā€˜Cā€™ grade in English and Science at GCSE.

Future opportunities

The next stage is a full A Level in Psychology in Y13. The subject is a popular one at University and can be linked with Clinical Psychology, Criminology, Business, Sciences, Arts and English, as well as being a useful addition to A Level PE and other subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir William Ramsay School directly.

Last updated date: 23 April 2015
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