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Psychology - A Level at Dinnington High School

Course description

This course is suited to those who have a keen interest in human behaviours, human experience and mental processes from a scientific perspective. It is an up to date, exciting and dynamic subject that looks at characteristics that are common to all people and some characteristics that are unique to others.

Psychologists seek to explain these behaviours by using a variety of approaches and methods.

The A level course is a 2 year course composed of 8 core modules and then 3 optional modules made from a choice of 9 options.

The core modules include:

Social Influence;

Memory;

Attachments;

Psychopathology;

Approaches;

Biopsychology;

Research Methods and Psychological Issues and Debates.

This forms the subject content of the Y12 year course.

Course content

The Optional modules studied in Y13 include 3 from a choice of:

Gender;

Relationships;

Cognitive Development;

Schizophrenia;

Eating Behaviours;

Stress;

Addiction;

Aggression;

Forensic Psychology.

Students develop transferable skills throughout the course. They acquire knowledge and understanding of psychological concepts and are expected to apply and evaluate their psychological knowledge and understanding to real life examples and scenarios. Additionally they have to demonstrate an ability to construct and develop sustained lines of reasoning and to write in a coherent and succinct manner.

10% of the assessment in Psychology is based on using Mathematical skills to the level of a B grade GCSE student.

Entry requirements

Must achieve 5 GCSEs at C or above (or equivalent) plus a minimum Grade C in English and Maths and a good attitude to learning. AQA expect students to be able to operate at the level of higher tier Maths i.e. a B grade, hence this is preferred.

Assessment

3 x 2 hour examination papers in June of year 13. All examination papers carry equal weightings. Questions include multiple choice, short answers and more extended writing.

Future opportunities

A wide range of courses and careers are accessible with a Psychology A level. As Psychology is recognised as a science it can form a foundation for some scientific areas of study. Specific Professional Psychological careers may be followed e.g. Sports Psychologist, Clinical Psychologist or Educational Psychologist.

Further information

Visits: Revision Conferences

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: 04 December 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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    • We are located by the side of a local college and on a major bus route, from Worksop and Rotherham.  Buses also run regularly from Sheffield.