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Psychology A Level at Mascalls Academy

Course description

The subject of Psychology will introduce students to a broad range of topics, including how society may affect our behaviour, how memories are formed, eating disorders occur and detailed understanding of conditions such as Schizophrenia.

This course of study comprises of two written units at AS and two at A-level, with no coursework. The emphasis is on applying knowledge and understanding, thereby developing students’ transferable skills of analysis, evaluation and critical thinking.

Course content

The Year 1 course offers both a wide and stimulating range of topics leading the students to evaluate the evidence against the research methods in context. 
From the very beginning the Psychology specification provides students with the opportunity to develop analytical skills, write essays and psychological reports. They will also develop their mathematical knowledge and research skills. These skills are all relevant and transferable to higher education courses of study or to the workplace.
During Year 2 there are a range of topic based options which bring together explanations from different approaches and engage students in issues and debates in contemporary Psychology. Again focusing on the students learning transferable skills for their futures.

Entry requirements

Minimum level 6 in English and Maths are essential.



Years 1 and 2 - A Level Examinations

Unit 1 - 2 hour exam -  Structured compulsory questions based on Social Influence, Memory and Attachment.  Questions include short answer and extended writing.
Unit 2 - 2 hour exam -  Three compulsory structured questions, one based on approaches in Psychology, Psychopathology and Research Methods
Unit 3 â€“  2 hours - Issues and debates in psychology.
  • One option from Relationships, gender, cognition and development
  • One option from Schizophrenia, eating behaviour and stress
  • One option from Aggression, forensic psychology and addiction
  • Questions include short answer and extended writing

Future opportunities

Psychology is the science of mind, behaviour, and experience. By studying this course pupils will obtain an excellent introduction to the key areas of psychology.  The subject lies at the intersection of many other different disciplines, including biology, medicine, linguistics, philosophy, anthropology, and sociology.

For example, neuropsychology is allied with biology, since the aim is to map different areas of the brain and explain how each underpins different brain functions like memory or language.
Other branches of psychology are more closely connected with medicine. Health psychologists help people manage disease and pain. Similarly, clinical psychologists help alleviate the suffering caused by mental disorders.

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: 17 October 2018
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