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A Level Psychology at Holmer Green Senior School

Course description

Psychology is the study of the human mind. Students will explore theories that seek to explain human behaviour and evaluate research that has been carried out by psychologists to support their assumptions.

The syllabus encompasses topics as diverse as eyewitness testimony, cultural variations in attachment, stress management and explanations of obedience. Additionally students will learn how to carry out research, consider ethical implications and analyse data.

The course includes topics in psychology, psychopathology, psychology in action and research methods.

During the course you will learn to develop subject specific skills such as:

- Descriptive and evaluative skills.
- Application and analysis of descriptive and inferential statistics.
- Familiarity with a range of models and assumptions that underpin this subject.
- Knowledge of key studies and a sensitivity towards cultural relativism.

Assessment

AS Structure

Unit 1: Cognitive Psychology, Development Psychology and Research Methods. The written paper lasts 1 hour 30 minutes and makes up 50% of the total AS marks. Questions include short answer stimulus material and one 12-mark question requiring extended writing.

Unit 2: Biological Psychology , Social Psychology and Individual Differences. The written paper lasts 1 hour 30 minutes and makes up 50% of the total AS marks or 25% of the total A level marks. The examination format is identical to that of Unit 1.

A2 Structure

Unit 3: Eating, Behaviour, Gender and Intelligence and Learning. The written paper lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes and makes up 50% of A2 level marks. One long answer question per topic (total of 3). Each question will be worth 24 marks.

Unit 4: Schizophrenia, Media Psychology and Psychological Research and Scientific Method. The written paper lasts 2 hours and makes up 50% of A2 level marks. One long answer question per topic (total of 3). Questions will be worth 24 marks except the last one.

Future opportunities

Employment opportunities:
Qualified psychologists work in education, personnel, the police, the prison service, health and the media.

Further Education opportunities:
Psychology is accepted at universities as either a science-based or arts-based subject. It complements many courses including English, Biology, Philosophy, Sports-Science, Communication Studies and History.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holmer Green Senior School directly.

Last updated date: 30 April 2015
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