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Psychology at Bishop Justus Church of England School

Course description

This A level course provides an introduction to key elements of both psychological theory and the research which underpins this theory. It is primarily a scientific course. The course gives students the chance to develop core skills of analysis, interpretation and evaluation while looking at both human behaviour and biology. They will also begin to see how psychology has contributed to an understanding of individuals’ actions, societal phenomena and group dynamics. Students will also focus on the skills and knowledge appropriate to the implementation of psychological research and will need to be good at handling and analysing data. AS (2 units) PY 1 20% 1 hour 15 minutes Written Paper 60 marks. Approaches in Psychology Candidates answer five compulsory questions based on Approaches in Psychology. PY 2 30% 1¾ hours Written Paper 90 marks. Psychology: Core Studies and Applied Research Methods Section A and Section B questions are based on the Core Studies and candidates answer three compulsory questions in each section. Section C is based on Research Methods and candidates answer one question from a choice of two. A2 (the above plus a further 2 units) PY 3 20% 1½ hours Written Paper 80 marks. Psychology: Research Methods and Issues in Research There are three Sections. Sections A and B contain questions which are compulsory. In each Section there are a number of short answer questions based on research material which is given at the start of each Section. Section C (Issues for research in psychology): candidates must answer two short essays from a choice of three. PY 4 30% 2½ hours Written Paper 100 marks (120 UMS) Psychology: Controversies, Topics and Applications Section A (Controversies): candidates must answer one question from a choice of two. Section B (Topics) and Section C (Applications): candidates must answer one question from each Section and one additional question.

Future opportunities

As a social science, this course complements a range of other advanced level courses. Students studying biology or other sciences will benefit from the research elements of the course whilst students in humanities subjects will be able to apply critical reasoning skills to this subject. It also has links with sociology and philosophy. It could lead onto higher education courses in different branches of Psychology as well as being applicable for those interested in Medicine or Education. With further training, you could go into a job related to the media, education, law or careers in human resources, public relations and training. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Justus Church of England School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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