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Psychology at Old Swinford Hospital

Course description

This qualification offers an engaging and effective introduction to Psychology. Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by Higher Education (HE) and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research.

The Course

Psychology AS

This qualification is now linear.

The two AS modules covered will count as a stand-alone qualification. The following modules will be studied:-

Paper 1Introductory Topics in Psychology, including social influence, memory, and attachment.

Paper 2 – Psychology in Context - including the main approaches in Psychology such as the behavioural, cognitive and biological approach. Psychopathology and research methods..

Assessment: Each module is assessed by a 1 ½ hour exam.

Psychology A2

This qualification is now linear.

The A2 course consists of three papers assessed by examination.

Students will be expected to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of psychological concepts, theories, research studies, research methods and ethical issues in relation to the specified content apply psychological knowledge and understanding of the specified content of each paper.

Paper 1 Introductory topics in Psychology to include:

Social influence – conformity and obedience.

Memory – models of memory and eyewitness testimony.

Attachment – caregiver interactions and the influence of early attachment.

Psychopathology – definitions of abnormality.

This module will be assessed by a 2 hour exam.

Paper 2 Psychology in context – to include:

Approaches in Psychology-  learning, cognitive, psychodynamic, humanistic.

Biopsychology- the divisions of the nervous system, ways of studying the brain.

Research Methods – experiments, observational methods, self-reports and case studies.

This module will be assessed by a 2 hour exam.

Paper 3 Issues and options in Psychology – to include:

Issues and Debates in Psychology – gender and culture, the nature nurture debate and ethical issues in Psychology.

Option 1 Relationships - Factors affecting attraction in romantic relationships, Virtual relationships in social media

Option 2 Schizophrenia, symptoms, explanations, treatments.

Option 3 Addiction - physical and psychological dependence, explanations for nicotine dependence and treating addiction.

This module will be assessed by a 2 hour exam


Throughout the course students will be encouraged to develop critical and analytical skills. They will also get a useful insight into how and why individuals behave in the ways they do. A Level Psychology is now widely accepted as a suitable subject for those entering into medicine or any of the caring professions. It is also useful for those wishing to pursue a career in law, as well as the more traditional areas of educational, occupational, forensic and clinical psychology.

What next…

Recent Sixth Form psychology students have pursued careers in medicine, international politics, marketing, philosophy and theology and town planning.


Students who have an interest in Psychology or just wish to discuss their studies are invited to attend the Psychology Club which is held on Monday lunchtime. There is also the opportunity for both Year 12 and Year 13 to attend Psychology Revision Conferences - a group of students recently attended an arachnophobia workshop at Dudley Zoo. Students who achieve a very respectable grade A at AS are also offered the opportunity to take the Extended Project in Psychology. There are considerable benefits to the Extended Project for those students who wish to develop their psychological skills further and strengthen their application for competitive courses at University.


The knowledge and insight into human behaviour which you will gain on both the AS and A2 course will be valuable assets for any career. If you are interested in human behaviour and experience then Psychology should be one of your choices.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Old Swinford Hospital directly.

Last updated date: 01 October 2014
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    • Sixth Form courses at Old Swinford Hospital are delivered at our site located off Heath Lane in Old Swinford. The campus is located only a 5 minutes walk away from Stourbridge Junction train station and about 5-10 minutes walk from the centre of Stourbridge town.