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Psychology AS and A level at Frome Community College

Course description

Course structure year 12

Terms 1 and 2

•  The social approach (obedience, prejudice and discrimination).

•  The cognitive approach (theories of memory).

•  PLUS Practical investigations into these topic areas.

Terms 3 and 4

•  The Learning approach (studying observable behaviour).

•  The biological approach (the effect of the brain and hormones on behaviour, explanations of aggression).

•  Issues and debates.

•  PLUS Practical investigations into these topic areas.

Terms 5 and 6

•  Revision and exam preparation.

•  Child psychology (the importance of attachments).

The stand-alone AS qualification can be sat at the end of the first year and will be made up of two exam papers covering; social and cognitive psychology (50%), biological psychology and learning theories (50%).


Course structure year 13

Terms 1 and 2

•  Child psychology (the features and causes of autism)


•  Criminological psychology (explanations of crime and antisocial behaviour)

Terms 3 and 4

•  Clinical psychology (what is meant by abnormality? Features and causes of schizophrenia and one other mental illness. Treatment of these mental illnesses)

•  Issues and debates on how psychology has contributed to understanding of society, ethical issues, research methods.

Terms 5 and 6

•  Revision and exam preparation

The A Level qualification will be assessed at the end of the two years. Students will be expected to sit three written exams covering; foundations of psychology (35%), applications of psychology (35%), psychological skills (30%)

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs A* - C including grade B in maths, English and either science or psychology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Frome Community College directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September