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Psychology A Level at Raynes Park High School

Course description

Psychology is the study of the mind.  At Raynes Park High School, students study the many concepts contained within this definition, including the social, cognitive and abnormal perspectives in psychology.  We aim to enable students to develop an understanding and empathy with the workings of the mind, both in an anatomical and cognitive sense.  The course enables students to develop skills in analytical techniques including design, observation, handling and evaluating skills, logical thinking and written and oral expression.  Practical elements are incorporated into the course at all available opportunities.  At AS students will study different approaches in psychology, including cognitive and behavioural psychologies, attachment and stress. At A2 students also study disorders such as schizophrenia, biological rhythms and relationships.

Psychology pushes us towards greater self-understanding by making us more aware of our actions and personalities.

Course content

AS Level

1 Social influence

2 Memory

3 Attachment

4 Approaches in Psychology

5 Psychopathology

6 Research methods

A level

1 Social influence

2 Memory

3 Attachment

4 Psychopathology

5 Approaches in Psychology

6 Biopsychology

7 Research methods

8 Issues and debates in psychology

Entry requirements

Acceptance onto the course requires a minimum of two Grade B’s at GCSE in Core and Additional Science or a two grade Bs from triple Science.  Students need a secure understanding of Science to succeed in this course.  It is also crucial that students can demonstrate an awareness of ethical issues and how biology relates to current social developments. A good grasp of mathematical concepts is required and so need a Grade B in Maths GCSE.  Finally, students will have to write essays to demonstrate knowledge and understanding on this course and so will need to have a minimum of grade B in English GCSE


On-going teacher assessment for each topic, through assessment for learning tasks

Unit 1,and 2 at AS

Unit 1, 2,and 3 at A level

Future opportunities

Medicine, Psychiatry, Veterinary science, Dentistry, Nursing, Criminology,

Social Work, Sport Psychology, Therapist, Teaching, Public Relations, Advertising, Journalism and Lawyer

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Raynes Park High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 April 2017
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