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Psychology AS/A Level 3 at Astor College

Course description

This is a two year course

Year 1
The Core Studies are 15 ground-breaking investigations,
which have shaped modern Psychology. The examination
will require an in-depth knowledge of these studies, their
methodology and terminology.
The Psychological Investigations paper requires students to be familiar with four different techniques for collecting and analysing data, which will mean that students get an opportunity to carry out their own reasearch, including field work at a local zoo.

Year 2
Psychology is separated in to two key areas; Education and Health Psychology. Educational Psychology gives a fascinating insight in to the teaching and learning process, covering topics such as, 'Why students misbehave' and 'How do students learn?'. As we have all had a varied experience of school life, we can all relate to this topic. You will never approach your lessons in the same way again!

Health Psychology focusses on our attitude to health for example, what we say to the doctor and what the doctor hears, why we do things that are bad for us and how to stop, why and how we feel pain and why we experience stress.

In addition to the two topic areas, students are also required to complete a research methods paper, which requires students to design a practical project and answer structured questions on it.

A Level Psychology is an exciting course. Psychology aims
to help us understand human and animal behaviour and
sits happily in the areas of humanities and science

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at C or above in different subjects.  A demonstration of relevant skills at GCSE will also be required.

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as a science or one of the humanities to prepare for higher education in Psychology or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Psychology and people such as a Counsellor, Nurse or Psychologist. You could also specialise in a particular area of Psychology such as education or mental health depending on the area that interests you.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact  CXK

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years