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Psychology A-Level at Smestow School

Course description

Students study topics and approaches in psychology from the AQA syllabus for 2015. There is an emphasis on research methods and students are expected to develop sound knowledge of how to carry out psychological research. Please note: Topics are currently subject to change. These are new courses and the, as yet, uncertain availability of teaching resources may lead to alterations in the options followed. The proposed topics are outlined below.

Course content

Paper One: Topics in Psychology: Social Influence Memory Attachment Psychopathology Paper Two: Psychology in Context: Approaches Biopsychology Research Methods Paper Three: Issues and Options in Psychology: Issues & Debates in Psychology Cognition & Development Schizophrenia Forensic Psychology

Entry requirements

Psychology is an extremely challenging subject – there is extended writing requirements which means English skills need to be at a good standard. The research methods element of the course requires a good standard of maths and science. GCSE Prior knowledge of the subject is not necessary however the following is required: 5 x A-C grade GCSE to include Maths and English Language and Sciences preferably all at least at grade B. Passion for the subject and a willingness to learn are essential.


External Examinations A-level psychology is now a linear course which means all examinations are carried out at the end of two years of study. No AS option will be offered. All examinations are 2 hours and all worth 33% of the overall grade

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 June 2015
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