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A Level Psychology at Spalding Grammar School

Course description


There are two courses available, both part of a modular A Level programme of the Edexcel Examination Board: a one year course leading to AS Level, and a two-year course leading to Advanced Level.

The course followed by all students in their first year of study leads to examinations in June of that year. Students intending to continue in the second year will have their marks carried forward, so that 50% of the final A Level grade has already been earned by the end of the first year.

There are four different assessments for the full A Level. Two units (6PS01, 6PS02) are completed in the first year of study, with units 6PS03 and 6PS04 after two years.

Subject Content

The AS content is focused on a series of research studies that are chosen to represent a range of research methods in the investigation of human behaviour. There are two examinations:

  • Social & Cognitive Psychology (1 hour 20 minutes)
  • Understanding the Individual (1 hour 40 minutes).

The AS course also enables students to conduct practical work by carrying out investigations of their own. This work will be referred to in the examinations.

In the second year of the course, students who are continuing to A Level will study two specialist topic areas:

  • Criminological Psychology
  • Child Psychology

This work is assessed by two examinations. The first is a 1 hour 30 minute examination paper. The second is 2 hours in duration, and will cover clinical psychology and contemporary debates in psychology.

Methods of teaching and resources

The first teaching session of each week will consist of formal delivery, with the remainder being more student-centred. Lectures involve PowerPoint slide shows and focus on helping students develop note-taking skills. This will be supported by booklets supplied by the department and resources on the school VLE.

Entry requirements

At least a grade B in GCSE English Language. A grade B in GCSE Science is also recommended.

Future opportunities

Entry to degrees in Psychology related Medical & Social Courses, Management/Personnel work, Media Studies and Business Studies.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 August 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years