Psychology A level at Priory School Edgbaston
Psychology is the study of human behavior. Psychologists believe that every human action, interaction and reaction can be explained through a Psychological perspective. Small actions, such as smoking, through to large actions, such as riots, are all areas of interest for Psychologists. Through investigations, experiments, observations and analysis Psychologists aim to explain human behaviour.
The AQA syllabus for Psychology at AS consists of 6 compulsory units;
· Social influence
· Approaches in Psychology
· Research Methods
The A Level consists of 8 compulsory units, the 6 from AS, plus;
· Issues and debates in Psychology
Furthermore, students will study 3 options, selected from 9 possible choices (although, only 1 option per group can be studied). These include;
· Option 1 – Relationships, Gender, or Cognitive Development
· Option 2 – Schizophrenia, Eating behaviour, Stress
· Option 3 – Aggression, Forensic Psychology, Addiction
All students will need to complete the same option within each category. However, which option is studied will be chosen by the students via demographic means
To take AS Psychology, students are normally required to have a GCSE grade B in both mathematics and English. No previous knowledge of Psychology is needed.
Both AS and A Level Psychology are assessed via 100% written exam.
Students completing the AS qualification will sit 2 papers at the end of Year 12, both worth 50%.
Student who complete the A Level qualification will sit 3 papers at the end of Year 13, all with equal weighting.
Both the AS and A Level papers will consist of multiple choice questions, short answer questions and extended writing.
Popular career routes include: education, clinical psychologist, educational psychologist, occupational psychologist, forensic psychologist, human resources, marketing, management, counselling and social work.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Priory School Edgbaston directly.