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Psychology - AS / A level at Kesgrave High School

Course description

AS Level consists of 2 units:

1.   This unit is designed to introduce the Social and Cognitive approaches to
      Psychology. The unit is divided into two parts,

  • Social Psychology – obedience and prejudice; and
  • Cognitive Psychology – memory and forgetting.

2.   This unit is designed to develop student’s understanding of the psychological
       issues of development, individual difference and biology through three other

  • The Psychodynamic;
  • Biological; and
  • Learning Approaches               

    Students will apply an understanding of how processes learnt from these approaches affect Gender development.

A Level students take A/S and then 2 further units:

3.   This unit enables students to study how Psychology can be applied to the real
      world. Students will study two applications from; Health, Criminal and Child

4.   This unit is Synoptic and involves one application (Clinical) and a range of 
      synoptic issues.

Course content

A range of approaches will be used including formal teaching, discussion, debate, individual and group work and investigation. Use will be made of the internet, videos, DVD’s and contemporary literature.

 During the course you will:

  • develop awareness and understanding of psychological theories, research, case studies and methods used to collect data
  • explore topics which reflect current contemporary issues, as well as earlier case studies
  • explore the different areas of psychology, in particular cognitive, social and physiological psychology
  • participate in and conduct psychological investigations, collecting appropriate data
  • analyse and interpret your own or second-hand data and evaluate the findings
  • develop awareness of the ethical issues in psychology, particularly in the field of research.

    The AS course consists of three assessment units detailed  below.
  • Unit 1 Cognitive, social and development processes
  • Unit 2 Individual differences, physiology and behaviour
  • Unit 3 Coursework Advanced GCE
  • The full Advanced qualification is made up of the AS units plus three more units
  • Unit 4 Applications to Psychology
  • Unit 5 Part (a) - Applications to Psychology .
  • Unit 5 Part (b) - Research and Methods
  • Unit 6 Synoptic - Issues, Perspectives and Debates

Entry requirements

Prior Learning and GCSE Grade C or relevant subject.

You do not need to have previously studied psychology, although an interest in understanding human behaviour would be an advantage. During the course you will need to be able to communicate effectively and research information from a variety of sources. It would assist you on the course if you have or are working towards GCSE Grade C Mathematics.



AS Level:

Unit 1 is a 1 hour 20 minutes exam, which will be divided into a section of objective questions, a section of short answer questions and a section of extended writing.

Unit 2 is a 1 hour 40 minutes exam and will be divided into a section of objective questions, a section of short answer questions and a section of extended writing.

A Level:

Unit 3 is a 1 hour 20 minutes exam which will be divided into 2 options, one on each application, of which students must select two.  Each option will include short answer questions and a section of extended writing.

Unit 4 is a 2 hour exam, which is divided into two sections, one focussing on clinical psychology and one focussing on synoptic issues. Each section will contain short answer questions and a section of extended writing.

Board : Edexcel

Future opportunities

Careers in Psychology include Forensic Psychologist, Sports Psychologist, Educational Psychologist and Clinical Psychologist.

Psychology would also be useful in careers such as Nursing, Teaching, Advertising, Police work or Social work, anything involving people and with other AS subjects for entry to degree courses.

You could:

  • follow a degree course in psychology, social science, nursing, advertising or housing
  • enter a Higher National course in a related programme
  • seek employment in the area of human resources, the care sector, hotel management or advertising.

Further information

For more information, contact Mr Norte.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kesgrave High School directly.

Last updated date: 20 July 2015
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