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Psychology GCE AS/A Level 3 at Fulston Manor School

Course description

WHY TAKE THIS COURSE?

Psychology A Level is a good basis for progression into employment in many fields, particularly those dealing with people. These include areas such as health, social care, child care, customer service, the police and other emergency services, armed forces, advertising, sales, market research, personnel management and many others. Many Psychology A Level students choose to study Psychology at University, with opportunities for further professional training in clinical, educational, forensic, organisational and counselling Psychology. Psychology also offers an excellent foundation for Higher Education in biological sciences (in combination with science subjects), Social Sciences, Sports Science, Humanities, Business, Law and Education. It is particularly useful for those wishing to pursue vocational training in social work, education and child care, nursing, medicine and related areas. Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by Higher Education and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research.

AIMS OF THE COURSE

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour and it aims to develop:

  • Understanding of psychological theories, research, terminology, concepts, approaches, methods and application. w Skills of critical analysis, interpretation and evaluation.

     

  • Understanding of different areas of psychology, including the core areas of cognitive, social, developmental and biological psychology; individual differences and research methods.

  • Understanding and skills of how to design and report on Psychological investigations and analyse data.

  • Understand ethical issues in psychology, including the ethical implications of psychological research.

Course content

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology

Paper 2: Psychology in Context

Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology

Entry requirements

To be accepted on the A Level course a student should have at least 5 GCSEs at grades 9 - 5 (or equivalent), ideally including English Language, Mathematics and Science. (At least 10% of the overall marks in Psychology will require the use of mathematical skills to the standard of Higher Tier GCSE Mathematics).

Assessment

Each module is assessed by external assessment (examination). There is no assessment based on coursework for this subject.

Future opportunities

Psychology also offers an excellent foundation for higher education in biological sciences (in combination with science subjects), social sciences, sports science, humanities, business, law and education. It is particularly useful for those wishing to pursue vocational training in social work, education and child care, nursing, medicine and related areas. Psychology AS and A2 levels are also a good basis for progression into employment in many fields, particularly those dealing with people. These include areas such as health, social care, child care, customer service, the police and other emergency services, armed forces, advertising and sales and many others. Employers and higher education institutions usually look for general or ‘transferable’ skills, and a Psychology A level encourages plenty of these, including clear communication, application of number, research skills, presentation and report writing skills.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your CXK Adviser or school/college careers staff.

This qualification is a ‘new style’ two year linear A Level. Whilst the AS qualification still exists it does not form part of the final A Level, and most students will be expected to study this course for the full two years.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 12 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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