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Psychology A Level at Richard Rose Central Academy

Course description

This is a course for those fascinated by the idea of understanding human behaviour, why people do the things they do and what happens when things go wrong. It is for those who want to engage with issues and debates within contemporary society. It is for those who like to challenge assumptions, enjoy discussion and are open to new ideas. 

You will learn via a variety of means, such as formal instruction, group work, which will include giving presentations back to the class. You will also be required to undertake independent learning, in this we mean that you take control of your own learning after being given guidance. Psychology is a fascinating subject and you will also have the opportunity to undertake a small-scale research project. Throughout the course you will also undertake a number of assessments, which will be used to judge your learning and progress. 

Course content

The course specification taught is Eduqas (formally WJEC).  Please note that this is a two-year linear course with terminal examinations. Students will be examined at the end of Year 13.  The course is made up as follows: 

Component 1 

Psychology past and present 

What it covers 

Five psychological approaches will be covered.

  • Biological 
  • Psychodynamic
  • Behaviourist 
  • Cognitive
  • Positive

Classic pieces of research

Contemporary debates 


Component 2
Investigating behaviour
What it covers 
  • Principles of research
  • Personal investigation
  • Applications of research methods to a novel scenario 


Component 3 (undertaken in Year 13)
Implications in the real world. 
What it covers
  • Addictive behaviours
  • Criminal behaviours
  • Schizophrenia
  • Controversies in psychology.

Entry requirements

To study this course you will need to have achieved five GCSEs at Grade C or above, which need to include English, Maths and Science. Due to the scientific nature of the subject you will need good numeracy skills, as well as the ability to write concisely. This is a very demanding course and you should not undertake it if you are not prepared to work hard.


Year 13 Examination

Component 1

2 hours 15 mins

Worth 33% of your overall qualification 

Component 2 

2 hours 15 mins

Worth 33% of your overall qualification 

Component 3 

2 hours 15 mins

Worth 33% of your overall qualification

Future opportunities

It is the role of psychologists to explain why specific behaviours occur, to predict how, why and when these behaviours will occur again, and to seek to modify and improve such behaviours so as to improve the lives of individuals and society as a whole. A-Level Psychology is therefore recognised by employers and university admissions tutors as a valuable qualification for all students wishing to go into all the various jobs which involve working with people, or managing personnel, in for example business, entertainment, education, health-care, police work, or social care. Moreover, many A-Level students develop a real passion for the subject, and choose to study Psychology-related degree courses at university. Psychology graduates are not only sought after for personnel-related jobs but can go on to professional careers in research, criminology, mental health, counselling, occupational therapy, clinical psychology and other pathways.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Rose Central Academy directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2016
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