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Psychology A Level at Christopher Whitehead Language College

Course description

Psychology is a fascinating subject which both challenges and captivates students of all abilities. As an A Level Psychology student, you will learn about a variety of different topics, ranging from cognitive psychology, which is the study of human memory; to forensic psychology which explores the motivation behind criminal behaviour and offending.

In terms of assessment, all students will sit three examinations at the end of the two year A Level course. These exams will test students on the knowledge and understanding they have gained throughout their A Level Psychology studies. This course is assessed entirely through examination only; there is no coursework element.

Course content

See above.

Entry requirements

 GCSE Maths grade A*-B

 GCSE English Language grade A*-B

 GCSE Science grade A*-B


Paper 1: Introductory topics in psychology - Written exam: 2 hours; 96 marks in total; 33.3% of A-level Topics include:  Social influence  Memory  Attachment  Psychopathology.

Paper 2: Psychology in context - Written exam: 2 hours; 96 marks in total; 33.3% of A-level Topics include:  Approaches in psychology  Biopsychology  Research methods.

Paper 3: Issues and options in psychology Compulsory Topic: Issues and debates in psychology: Then, four additional topics from the range below:  Relationships  Gender  Cognition and development  Schizophrenia  Eating behaviour  Stress  Aggression  Forensic psychology  Addiction.

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christopher Whitehead Language College directly.

Last updated date: 23 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years