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Psychology A-Level at Oakgrove School

Course description

This is an A-Level psychology course, consisting of 5 units.

Course content

AS Course:

Paper One: Introductory topics in Psychology
Students will study how and why children develop attachments to their primary caregivers, as well as examine case studies on what happens when these attachments are not made. When studying memory we examine long term and short term memory, as well as eye witness testimony among other things. In the social influence topic students examine conformity and obedience.

Paper Two: Psychology in context 
Students will examine learning theory, the cognitive and biological approaches. They will also understand the physiological processes in the body. They will look at Psychopathology and how individual differences can change how and why people behave in certain ways. Students will learn about research methods, which include how studies are conducted and what happens when an experiment is unethical and lacks validity.

A2 Course: 

Paper One: Introductory topics in Psychology
Social influence, memory, attachment, psychopathology.

Paper Two: Psychology in context
Approaches in Psychology, biopsychology, research methods and issues/debates in Psychology.

Paper Three: Issues and options in Psychology
 Students will examine a wide variety of approaches to psychology, as well as psychological investigation and ethical implications of research studies and theory, including reference to social sensitivity. Students will also be taught three options from either relationships, gender, cognition and development, schizophrenia, eating behaviour, stress, aggression, forensics or addiction.

Assessment

AS course:

  • Paper One and Two:
  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 72 marks in total
  • 50% of AS (per paper)

Examiners base their marking on three assessment objectives which are as follows:

  • AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures.
  • AO2: Apply knowledge and understanding of scientific ideas, processes, techniques and procedures in context.
  • AO3: Analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific information, ideas and evidence.

A-Level Course: 

Paper One:

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 96 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A-Level
  • Multiple choice, short answer and extended writing

Paper Two:

  • 96 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A-Level
  • Multiple choice, short answer and extended writing

Paper Three:

  • 96 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A-Level
  • Multiple choice, short answer and extended writing

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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