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Psychology A level at Shoreham Academy

Course description

Skill gained:

  • How to plan and conduct own research in psychology
  • Insights into human behaviour and mental health
  • Guest speakers from various psychology - based careers
  • Critical analysis skills and evaluation of data and evidence
  • Essay writing

Course content

All students will initially be entered for the A-Level. In some circumstances students will be moved to the AS course, which is essentially the first year of the A-Level.

Introductory Topics

  • Social Influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology

Psychology in Context

  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Research Methods

Issues and Options in Psychology

  • Issues and Debates in Psychology
  • Gender
  • Schizophrenia
  • Forensic Psychology

Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including Maths and English (Science and English Grade B preferred). GCSE Psychology is not essential but is an advantage.


Three exam papers all to be taken at the end of the course.

Each 2-hour paper contains a mixture of multiple choice, short-answer, extended answer, and essay questions; testing understanding, analysis and evaluation. Each paper is worth 33.3% of the final mark.

Students transferred to the AS will sit two 1 1/2 hour papers at the end of the first year.

Future opportunities

Any caring, training or management roles. Many graduate and post-graduate qualifications available allowing specialisation.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shoreham Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 September 2016
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