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Psychology at John O'Gaunt School

Course description

What does AS specification consist of and how is it assessed?Unit 1: Section A: Cognitive psychology: (including memory and eye witness testimony)Section B: Developmental psychology (including early social development and attachment)Both sections include research methods (including practical analytical skills)Unit 2: Section A: Biological psychology: (stress) Section B: Social psychology (social influence) Section C: Individual differences (abnormality)Units 1 and 2 will be assessed through written exams of 90 minutes each. There will be stimulus material; a choice of structured shorter questions and one longer question, which will also test candidate’s Quality of Written Communication.What does the A2 specification consist of and how is it assessed?Unit 3: Closer study of three optional topics in Psychology. Candidates could be studying Aggression-social, biological and evolutionary explanations. Eating behaviour – biological explanations for eating behaviour, dieting and social factors effecting eating, eating disorders; and Gender – psychological, social and biological explanations. Other options could include: relationships, aggression, or intelligence/learning. Unit 3 will be assessed through a written examination of 90 minutes. Candidates will be required to complete shorter questions or write an essay on each topic in that time.Unit 4: Section A: Psychopathology (Schizophrenia) Section B: Psychology in action (media, addictions, anomalies) Section C: Psychological research and scientific methodUnit 4 will be assessed through a written examination of 120 minutes. Candidates will be required to write an essay on each topic in that time.

Entry requirements

A* to C in Maths and English, Science and 3 other subjects

Future opportunities

What might I use this qualification for?The psychology course lays a foundation for further study of psychology or related subjects in higher education. In addition, it provides a worthwhile understanding of peoples’ behaviour, which is useful in all walks of life. It is also useful for those intending to pursue business careers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John O'Gaunt School directly.

Last updated date: 24 June 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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