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Psychology A-Level at Brampton Manor Academy

Course description

Who should study Psychology?

The mind is something intangible that exists within our brain. An unseen process of enzymes, chemicals and electric current moving within the structure of our neural networks dictates why we feel, think and behave the way we do. But why is it that some people suffer from stress and mental illness? Why do some people fear snakes yet a few think they are cuddly? Psychology looks at questions like these in the study of the human mind and behaviour. It is a science with cutting edge research that has real world applications to issues in everyday life, ranging from things like artificial intelligence to social change.

Course content

This course will help you develop a number of skills: how to view the world around you from different perspectives, how to plan and conduct scientific investigations, how to analyse and interpret data, critical reasoning skills and how to put across your point of view fluently.

AS Psychology Compulsory Content

  1. Social influence
  2. Memory
  3. Attachment
  4. Approaches in Psychology
  5. Psychopathology
  6. Research methods

A level Psychology Compulsory Content

  1. Social influence
  2. Memory
  3. Attachment
  4. Approaches in Psychology
  5. Psychopathology
  6. Research methods
  7. Issues and Debates in Psychology

A– Level Optional Content

Relationships, Gender, Cognition and development, Schizophrenia, Eating behavior, Stress, Aggression, Forensic psychology, Addiction.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement to study A-Levels is at least six GCSE grades A*-C (including English, Maths and Double or Triple Science). The average of all the GCSEs taken must be grade B or higher. We will not count ‘GCSE-equivalent’ qualifications (for example BTEC, DIDA, OCR Nationals).

Students must also achieve at least Grade B in the subjects that they wish to study. Where students have not studied a subject before, comparable grades will be used as a guide.

The subjects a student choses to study at A Level have a large impact on future progression to university and degree choice. We will consider each individual's circumstances and offer appropriate guidance and support to help students make the right subject choices.

Subject Specific

GCSE grade B in English, Maths and Double Science (or Biology) 

Assessment

AS Psychology

Assessment:

Paper 1 – compulsory content 1-3 – 1hr 30 min (paper accounts for 50% of the AS grade.)

Paper 2 – compulsory content 4-6 – 1hr 30 min (paper accounts for 50% of the AS grade.)

A level Psychology

Assessment–all exams are 2hrs duration: 

Paper 1– Compulsory Content 1-4

Paper 2– Compulsory Content 5-7

Paper 3– Options from the Optional Content

Future opportunities

Psychology can help your career either directly or indirectly. If you wish to become a psychologist, there are a variety of specialisms. If you are interested in sharpening your understanding of people, whilst studying law, and in fact as a supporting science for those wishing to study medicine, this A level is of direct value.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brampton Manor Academy directly.

Last updated date: 28 April 2015

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