Psychology A Level at St Vincent College
Students study five approaches (Social, Cognitive, Psychodynamic, Biological and Learning) at AS to gain a foundation in psychology. At A2, students are then able to develop their understanding through a selection of applications including Criminological and Child. Students consider conflicting and complementary explanations to clinical issues and major debates. A series of short practical experiments and tests accompany the approaches and allow students to develop an active knowledge of the scientific aspects of psychology.
The course provides a general introduction to Psychology and its wide variety of approaches. There are laboratory-based scientists at one end of the spectrum and the dream-interpreting psychologists at the other. You will soon realise that there are no clear-cut answers to the questions psychologists ask, but a variety of interpretations about why we behave in the way that we do.
There is a strong emphasis on research methods and statistical analysis throughout the course. You will carry out several mini-investigations and will write up a brief report. These will be tested in
examined units and will enable you to put into practice the research skills and statistical techniques you have previously learned.
Unit 1: Social and Cognitive Psychology
Unit 2: Understanding the individual
Unit 3: Applications of Psychology
Unit 4: How Psychology Works
Five GCSEs at grade A* – C, including English, Maths and Science.
AS: 100% examinations
A2: 100% examinations
Various conferences and trips which, in the past, have included the Freud Museum, Marwell Zoo and the Science Museum
• Higher Education for degree courses in this or other subjects
• To a range of careers involving people
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Vincent College directly.