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Psychology at Nobel School

Course description

Awarding Body: OCR

The AS course consists of studying 15 key studies in Psychology and conducting 4 Practical Investigations.

The A2 course consists of studying two applied areas of psychology: Forensic Psychology and Health and Clinical Psychology. You will also sit a compulsory research methods unit.

This course will enable you to:

  • acquire knowledge of and a critical understanding of psychology;
  • to appreciate how psychology applies to our everyday lives;
  • to understand psychological research methods;
  • reflect on your own experiences;
  • develop skills which enhance your ability to participate effectively in adult life.

Course content

Who would be a successful student of Psychology?

This course will appeal to students who:

  • have a genuine interest in people's behaviour;
  • have a commitment to understanding why people behave as they do, at the same time as keeping an open mind;
  • enjoy expressing their opinions and justifying their beliefs;
  • enjoy learning in a variety of ways, including class presentations, as well as individual study;

Entry requirements

Students will be expected to have 5 or more GCSE's grade A*-B including Maths & English at grade B or above.


AS Level

Students cover 15 key studies in Psychology in the following areas: Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Bio-Psychology, Individual Differences and Developmental Psychology. This will be examined through a combination of short answer and essay style questions in a 2 hour exam.

There are also 4 Practical Investigations involving an experiment, observation, questionnaire and correlation. This will be assessed through short answer questions in a 1 hour exam.

A Level - Students complete 2 units of applied Psychology and a research methods and perspectives unit

Forensic Psychology

Students will study the impact of upbringing, thought processes and biology on criminal behaviour, how psychology can inform the investigative process, how psychology can inform the court processes and how psychology informs the penal system.

Health and Clinical Psychology

Students will study the factors that influence our healthy lifestyles, stress, dysfunctional behaviour, and disorders such as Schizophrenia, phobias and depression

These 2 units will be assessed through essay style questions in a 2 hour exam

Research Methods

All students will design a research project under exam conditions and complete questions on perspectives in psychology.

This unit will be examined through the creation of a research project and essay style questions in a 1.5 hour exam

Future opportunities

You will find this course useful if you wish to follow a career in the following areas:

  • Teaching;
  • Psychologist;
  • Social work;
  • Human Resources;
  • Marketing;
  • Civil Service.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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