Psychology A level at Chancellor's School
Is Psychology the course for you?
In order to further assist you in this decision, some of our previous A Level Psychology students offer the following comments:
If you do not have a sincere interest in the subject and aren't willing to work, revise and do background research then do not take the subject. However, if you are curious about the human mind and are hard working then Psychology is fascinating and a fantastic subject to study.
Psychology is an interesting subject and is different to any other subject in school. You will enjoy it. However, you need a very wide understanding of science and need to be comfortable and able to write long essays. There is also a lot of individual research and a lot of work out of the classroom as well as reading you need to do alone. There is a lot of information to take in and in a very short period of time. It's a lot harder than I thought but more interesting than I could have imagined.
The A/S course is made up of 2 units
1) Introducing Psychology
- Key Approaches
- Research Methods
- Gender Development
2) Social and Cognitive Psychology
- Remembering and Forgetting
- Social Influence
- Anxiety Disorders
Providing you achieve at least a D grade at A/S Level, you could continue the course to A2 Level in Year 13. Here you will study Schizophrenia and Mood Disorders, Cognitive Child Development, Forensic Psychology, Approaches, Debates and Methods.
There are two externally tested units in at A/S level and two externally tested units at A2 level.
Both units are examined in two separate June exams. Each paper is 1 hour 30 minutes and candidates will answer 3 questions on each unit.
Each unit is equally weighted (50% of AS and 25% of A2).
There will also be regular teacher assessment throughout the course.
There are no coursework components within this course.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chancellor's School directly.