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Psychology A level at Chancellor's School

Course description

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.

Course content

The A/S course is made up of 2 units

1) Introducing Psychology

  • Key Approaches
  • Biopsychology
  • 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.

Assessment

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.

Last updated date: 16 August 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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    • FROM THE NORTH - Take the A1(M) to Hatfield. Exit at Junction 3 and take A1001 signposted Welham Green, then join the A1000 to Potters Bar. After 2 miles at Brookmans Park (transmitting station on left) turn right into George's Wood Road (almost opposite B158, Kentish Lane). After 100 yards turn right into Pine Grove, then after 600 yards left (Signposted) to Chancellor's School.

      FROM M25/SOUTH - From the M25 exit at Junction 24 to Potters Bar. Take the A1000 signposted Hatfield. After about 2.5 miles take a left turn into George's Wood Road (just before B158, Kentish Lane). After 100 yards turn right into Pine Grove, then after 600 yards left (Signposted) to Chancellor's School.