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Psychology A Level at The Piggott School

Course description

Lessons are designed to ensure that students can achieve their best in these areas. Therefore, a typical lesson will usually focus on a particular Psychological theory or study, and how to describe and evaluate it . The key message behind Psychology A - level is that Psychology is a science. Therefore, there are also many practical opportunities in lessons for students to take part in mini experiments and design their own studies. As Psychology is both a scientific and essay based subject, it is complemented by a range of subjects. Some students who study Psychology combine it successfully with Sciences and Maths, whereas other students equally successfully combine Psychology with English Language and Literature as well as Humanities subjects. All that’s needed to enjoy Psychology is a combination of curiosity and scepticism, with an appreciation for research.

Course content

Psychology is taught as a Science . Students will be required to learn compulsory and optional content that is examined in three, 2 - hour papers . The compulsory content covers: Social Influence, Memory , Attachment , Psychopathology , Approaches in Psychology , Biopsychology , Research Methods , and Issues and Debates in Psychology. The optional content covers three possible options , where one from each option will be taught : Option 1 – Relationships / Gender / Cognition and Development Option 2 – Schizophrenia / Eating Behaviour / Stress Option 3 – Aggression / Forensic Psychology / Addiction It is most likely that students will be taught the following optional content in 2015 - 2017 : Relationships from Option 1, Schizophrenia from Option 2 and Aggression from Option 3. However, the optional content of the course may change year on year, depending on staff specialisms and the cohort profile. At A - level, students complete three examined units worth 96 marks each and count for 33% of the course equally. Students will be examined through multiple choice questions, short questions and extended writing , in all three papers. Paper One covers Topics in Psychology (Social Influence , Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology) whilst Paper Two covers Psychology in Context (Biopsychology, Research Methods and Approaches in Psychology). Paper Three covers the compulsory content of Issues and Debates in Psychology and the school ’s chosen optional content from each of the options (Relationships, Schizophrenia and Aggression). There is a mathematical element to the qualification, where mathematical skills are applied in the context of Psychology A - level at least at the standard of higher tier GCSE mathematics and 10% of the examination will assess mathematical skills . The weighting of the assessment objectives outlined below varies for the different examination papers but 25 to 30% of the overall assessment will assess skills, knowledge and understanding of research methods.

Entry requirements

Minimum GCSE entry requirements: English (Lit. and Lang.) and Math ematic s B grade This information is subject to change as the new Psychology A - level is still under review by Ofqual.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 September 2016

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