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Psychology A level at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School

Course description

Psychology is the study of the mind and how it works, and of a wide range of individual and social behaviours – studying the subject at A Level will give you the opportunity to develop your understanding of these important and interesting matters.

Students will opt for the course for a variety of reasons

  • A “general interest“ AS / A2 subject which focuses on interesting issues
  • A subject which bridges the arts / sciences divide, keeping options open
  • A subject which is useful when applying to universities – whatever the chosen degree subject
  • A foundation for a degree course in Psychology and a career in a range of professions eg Law, Management, Marketing, Counselling, Education, Forensics, Criminal Justice, Occupational Therapy, Clinical Psychology, Psychiatry, Health and Social Care and Sports Psychology.

Course content

THE AS COURSE CONSISTS OF TWO MODULES UNIT 1

  • Memory eg the accuracy of eye witness testimony
  • Attachment eg the effects of day care on aggression in young children.
  • Research Methods eg ethical issues in experiments
UNIT 2
  • Stress eg personality factors as a cause of stress
  • Social influence eg explanations of why people conform & obey
  • Abnormality eg therapies used to treat abnormal behaviour
THE A2 COURSE CONSISTS OF TWO MODULES UNIT 3
  • Topics in Psychology eg Aggression, Eating Disorders
UNIT 4
  • Schizophrenia
  • The psychology of addictive behaviour
  • Research Methods

Entry requirements

There are no specific requirements, but B grade or better in both GCSE English and Mathematics are advantageous.

No prior knowledge of the subject is expected.

Assessment

The course follows the AQA (A) specification

The AS course consists of two examinations (each worth 25% of the total A2 marks).There is no coursework component.

The A2 course consists of two examinations (each worth 25% of the total A2 marks). There is no coursework component.

Future opportunities

As stated above, an A Level in Psychology can be the starting point for a career within a specialist area of Psychology or can feature in a suite of A Levels forming the basis for application to university to study a range of courses from Medicine to Business Studies and a whole variety of subjects “in between”.

In addition to the academic benefits of studying Psychology, students find that the course enhances understanding of the thoughts and behaviours of both themselves and others, as well as helping with revision strategies and time management – a most valuable “by–product” of studying this challenging and intriguing subject!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 13 July 2015

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