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Psychology AS/A level (New Linear A level) at Heaton Manor School

Course description

The course gives a broad introduction to the scope and nature of Psychology as a science. The emphasis is on applying knowledge and understanding to a range of topic areas such as memory, attachment and psychopathology and to engage students in issues and debates in contemporary psychology. Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by Higher Education (HE) and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research.

Course content

The course aims to provide you with an understanding of methods and approaches in Psychology. This is done by studying different psychological theories, studies and concepts and taking part in and carrying out practical research activities involving collection, analysis and interpretation of data. Throughout the course the ethical implications of psychological research will also be discussed. During the course some of the areas that will be studied include:

  •  How can we improve the accuracy of eye witness testimony?
  •  How do our early relationships influence our adult relationships?
  •  How do other people influence us?
  •  How do we treat phobias?
  •  How does stress make us ill?
  •  Does playing computer games make people more aggressive?

 

Entry requirements

No prior knowledge of Psychology is required. Students should have a minimum of Grade B passes in Mathematics and English.

Assessment

AS Paper 1 Introductory topics in psychology

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes 72 marks in total 50% of AS

AS Paper 2 Psychology in context

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes 72 marks in total 50% of AS

A Level Paper 1 Introductory topics in psychology

Written exam: 2 hours 96 marks in total 33.3% of A Level

A Level Paper 2 Psychology in context

Written exam: 2 hours 96 marks in total 33.3% of A Level

A Level Paper 3 Issues and options in psychology

Written exam: 2 hours 96 marks in total 33.3% of A Level

Future opportunities

Students who have studied Psychology have gone onto higher education in a variety of fields including Law, Medicine, Anthropology, Biological Sciences and Nursing, however many students enjoy Psychology so much they go on to study it at university in its own right. A degree in Psychology can lead on to:

  • Clinical Psychology - Clinical Psychologists work with medical staff and patients of all ages.
  • Educational Psychology - Educational Psychologists deal with children/young people, including those with special needs or gifted children.
  • Occupational Psychology - Occupational Psychologists advise on training, work environments, job satisfaction, productivity, etc.
  • Criminological or Legal Psychology - Criminologists work in prisons, custody centres, special hospitals and secure units.
  • Sports Psychology - Sport Psychology is an area helping to improve sports performance and participation.

 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heaton Manor School directly.

Last updated date: 27 July 2016

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