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Psychology A Level at The National CofE Academy

Course description

Welcome to A Level Psychology at The National Academy. Psychology is taught mainly in the sixth form centre and students have five lesson periods a week. We follow AQA Syllabus B which focuses on applying the key theories of Psychology to how we think and behave.

Course content

Psychology in Year 12

Students study AS Psychology; this comprises 2 exam papers which are sat in January and June:

  • Paper 1 – Introducing Psychology: Approaches, Gender and Research Methods.  Students study the key approaches in Psychology then apply these to the topic of Gender. They also study ‘How science works’ through a module on Research Methods in Psychology.
  • Paper 2 – Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology and Individual Differences. Students study topics in Psychology including Social Influence (Conformity and Obedience), Remembering and Forgetting, and Autism.

Psychology in Year 13

Students study A2 Psychology; this comprises 2 exam papers which are sat in January and June:

  • Paper 3 – Child Development and Applied Options. Students study the following topics: Child Social Development (early attachment and later friendship), Forensic Psychology (measurement of crime, theories of offending and treatment of offenders) and Cognition and the Law (face recognition, eye-witness testimony and the false memory debate).
  • Paper 4 – Approaches, Debates and Methods in Psychology – students revisit the key approaches of Psychology and apply them to the topics we have studied over the two years. They also study research methods and debates central to the study of Psychology. This forms a good base
    for those students who chose to go on to study Psychology at degree level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The National CofE Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 July 2015

Key information

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