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Psychology A Level at Collingwood College

Course description

Students will learn about the cognitive processes involved in memory, different common psychological disorders such as depression and OCD, the scientific approach to psychology, social influence including conformity and obedience, as well as basic developmental theories. In addition to this there is an analysis of key debates in psychology and three optional topics.

Course content

Unit 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology
Weighting: Written exam 2 hrs 33.3 % of total A level
Section A: Social Influence (24 marks)
Section B: Memory (24 marks)
Section C: Attachment (24 marks)
Section D: Psychopathology (24 marks)
The questions will be a selection of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing.

Unit 2: Psychology in context
Weighting: Written exam 2 hrs 33.3 % of total A level
Section A: Approaches in psychology (24 marks)
Section B: Biopsychology (24 marks)
Section C: Research methods (48 marks)

Unit 3: Issues and options in Psychology

Weighting: Written exam 2 hrs 33.3% of total A level
Section A: Compulsory: Issues and debates in psychology (24 marks)
Section B: Optional (any one of: relationships, gender or cognition and development) (24 marks)
Section C: Optional (any one of: Schizophrenia, eating behaviour or stress) (24 marks)
Section D: Optional (any one of: Aggression, Forensic Psychology or Addiction) (24 marks)

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade A*-C (or equivalent) including English, Mathematics and Science.

Experience shows that your chances of success are greater in this subject if you have a Grade B in Science and English Language. A strong command of English language, particularly the ability to write concise analytical essays is key to success in this subject.

Future opportunities

Counsellor, neuropsychologist, sports psychologist, marketing, human resources, social work, business and advertising to name a few.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Collingwood College directly.

Last updated date: 11 October 2016
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