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Psychology A-Level at Egglescliffe School

Course description

Psychology acknowledges our ‘inner life’ in a way other subjects do not. It puts forward explanations for the way we behave, think and feel from a number of perspectives. It also allows for the possibility of personal growth and understanding of the self.

Course content

Psychology at Egglescliffe follows the AQA syllabus. Students opting to follow the AS course will take two exams at the end of their one year course and will be assessed on the following: Paper One, Social Influence, Memory and Attachment. Paper Two, Approaches in Psychology, Psychopathology and Research Methods. Both exams will last 90 minutes. Students are required to answer a mixture of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions. There is no coursework in psychology. 

Students wishing to take A level psychology will take three exams at the end of their two year course and will be assessed on the following: Paper One, Social Influence, Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology. Paper Two, Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology, Research Methods. Paper Three, Issues and Debates in Psychology, Gender Development, Schizophrenia and Forensic Psychology. Students are required to answer a mixture if multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions and each exam will last two hours. There is no coursework in psychology.

Entry requirements

5+ A*-C grades in GCSEs or equivalent qualifications including English Language and Maths.

Subject Specific

Psychology is an extremely interesting subject and past students have thoroughly enjoyed it, however, it is a very demanding subject. Not only will it be a subject new to most students but much of the language and terminology used will also be new. Hence students will be expected to have at least one grade B and two grade Cs in English, Maths and Science. However those achieving C grades in each of these subjects will be considered on an individual basis.

Financial information

Are there any expenses involved?

There are no expenses involved in studying Psychology as all materials will be provided. Students are encouraged to do wider reading e.g. the journal “Psychology Review” which is recommended by the exam board, although this can be accessed free of charge through the department’s VLE.

Future opportunities

Higher education, business, law, medical, the military, architecture, NHS and working within prisons.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 April 2015

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