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Psychology A level at St Michael's Church of England High School

Course description

Psychology is an exciting subject which attempts to understand how the mind works and to explain why individuals behave in certain ways. Psychology will give you the opportunity to gain greater self-knowledge by making you more aware of your own behaviour and the motivations behind your own actions and thoughts. You will have the opportunity to study psychological research and theories which can be used to explain many different human behaviours.

Course content

At AS, you will study Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology, Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology and Research Methods. At A-level, you will study all of the units above along with Issues and Debates in Psychology, Cognition and Development, Schizophrenia and Aggression. Examination papers are in the form of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

Entry requirements

Grade C in GCSE Mathematics

Assessment

AS:
Examination – Paper 1 (Introductory Topics in Psychology) AS (50%)
Examination – Paper 2 (Psychology in Context) AS (50%)

A Level:
Examination – Paper 1 (Introductory Topics in Psychology) A Level (33.3%) 2 hours

Examination – Paper 2 (Psychology in Context) A Level (33.3%) 2 hours

Examination – Unit 3 (Issues and Options in Psychology) A Level (33.3%) 2 hours

All assessment is via external examination following the AQA specification.

Future opportunities

You can study Psychology or other related degree courses, e.g. Child Development, Educational Psychology, at university. You can also combine Psychology with a wide range of other subjects. Studying Psychology will provide you with many transferable skills which can lead to a variety of career opportunities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Michael's Church of England High School directly.

Last updated date: 30 September 2015

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