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Psychology A Level at Hitchin Boys' School

Course description

The aim of this course is to gain an understanding of key topics and the knowledge and skills required in the academic study of psychology. This is done through looking at some of the main approaches in psychology – biological, cognitive, behavioural and social. You will be expected to take an active part in all lessons to fully develop your understanding. You will learn about the origins of psychology and its emergence as a science.

You will also learn about the structure and function of the nervous system and the role of hormones in human behaviour. You will gain an understanding of the research methods and data handling techniques used in psychology. You will also develop an understanding of ethical issues and carry out practical research activities. All units are assessed by written examination. There is no coursework option.

For the AS Level qualification you are required to sit two papers.

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology HUMANITIES new Qualification will cover Social Influence, Memory and Attachment.

Paper 2: Psychology in Context will study Approaches in Psychology, Psychopathology and Research Methods.

The new full A-Level qualification will require you to sit three papers.

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology will cover Social Influence, Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology.

Paper 2: Psychology in Context will study Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology and Research Methods.

Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology will study Issues and Debates in Psychology and one topic from each of the following:

  • Relationships
  • Gender
  • Cognition and Development
  • Schizophrenia
  • Eating Behaviour
  • Stress and Aggression
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Addiction

Studying psychology will help you gain a greater understanding of yourself and other people. You will better understand your interaction with others and increase your understanding of the causes of psychological disorders. The focus on critical thinking and analysis of evidence in this subject complements the study of philosophy, biology, sociology and many other subjects.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements to our Consortium are 5 A*-C at GCSE or equivalent, including Maths and English, for an advanced level or Level 3 course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hitchin Boys' School directly.

Last updated date: 23 March 2015
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Key information

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