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Psychology A Level at Finham Park School

Course description

Psychology is the science of human behaviour; it encourages learners to be inspired, motivated and challenged by following a broad, coherent, practical, satisfying and worthwhile course of study. The specification provides insight into, and experience of, how psychology works, stimulating learners ‘curiosity’ and encourages them to engage with
psychology in their everyday life.

Course content

Topic 1: Social Psychology - Obedience, Prejudice, Issues & Debates
Topic 2: Cognitive Psychology - Memory, Issues & Debates
Topic 3: Biological Psychology - Aggression, Brain functioning, CNS and Neurotransmitter functioning, Issues & Debates
Topic 4: Learning Theories – Conditioning, Social learning theory, Phobias, Issues & Debates
Topic 5: Clinical Psychology - Abnormality, Schizophrenia and one from anorexia, OCD or unipolar depression DSM, Issues in diagnosis, Treatment for disorders, Issues and debates
Topic 6: Criminological Psychology - Jury decision making, Eye witness testimony, Causes and treatments of crime. Issues and debates You will also study research methods and use mathematical skills.

Entry requirements

GCSE 5 grades 9-4 plus GCSE English and Mathematics at Grade 5 and GCSE Combined Science at grade 6-6. Grade 5 in GCSE Psychology (if taken).


Paper 1:
Foundations of Psychology. Social, Cognitive, Biological and Learning 90 marks, 2 hour
exam, 35% of qualification

Paper 2:
Applications of Psychology. Clinical and either Criminological/Child/ Health 90 marks, 2
hour exam, 35% of qualification
Paper 3: Psychological Skills. Review of Methodology, Review of studies and Review of
Issues and Debates. 80 marks, 2 hour exam, 30% of qualification.

Future opportunities

Psychology is attractive to all employment and areas of work involving human resources. Psychology instils skills in research, analysis, communication and organisation. It is relevant to those interested in Psychology at degree level, but also popular and useful for those who plan to follow other paths. Psychology can lead to careers in Crime & Forensics, Health and Clinical, Sport and Educational Psychology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Finham Park School directly.

Last updated date: 17 November 2017
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