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Psychology A Level at Harlington Upper School

Course description

Psychology as a subject has great relevance to us all; it investigates the way humans and animals think and behave; including memory, attachment in early childhood, research techniques, abnormal behaviour and stress. Psychology is a contemporary and popular subject providing a good basis for a number of arts and Science subjects, and a wide variety of careers; clinical, forensic, educational and sports psychology, education and teaching, social work, psychiatry and medicine, media and journalism to name but a few.

The A Level - This is designed to be a stand-alone qualification and will be examined at the end of the two year course. There will be three exam papers, each being 2 hours long. All papers will contain Research methods and continue to develop mathematical skills particularly statistics. The method of assessment will be written and primarily in essay format.

Paper one – This comprises of Social Influence, Memory and Attachment building on the work learnt in year one. It also introduces Psychopathology bringing in mental illness.

Paper two – Psychology in context, comprising of approaches in psychology, biopsychology and research methods. This paper is designed to build on the knowledge learnt in year one.

Paper three – Issues and options in Psychology. Issues will introduce a range of debates in Psychology that dominate the way we think – Nature V Nurture, Holism and reductionism, Idiographic and Nomothetic approaches. There will also be nine options to choose from that will put Psychology into practice: Relationships, Gender, Cognition, Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour, Stress, Aggression, Addiction and Forensic Psychology.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade 4 in English

Further information

Learning strategies:

• Decision making, role plays and data analysis
• Laboratory work and fieldwork.
• Applying and evaluating psychological ideas.
• Homework including examination questions, essays and research.
• Self-study using school resources.
• Presentation assignments (individual and group) including use of ICT.
• Active engagement in enquiry into problems, issues and questions
• Group discussions.
• Challenging and engaging class discussions on problems, issues and questions.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years