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Psychology AS/A Level at Easingwold School

Course description

Psychology A-Levels are one of thenew styles of qualification courses
nwhich took effect in September 2015.
Psychology is at present the fastest growing academic subjectand it is useful for any vocation involving working with people. Psychology is a science and universities, on the whole, now class their degree courses as BSc’s. It is acceptable for entry to many related degree courses.

Course content

In the first year of study students will be exposed to the 5 main areas of Psychology, Cognition, Development, Physiology, Indivi dual Differences and Social. Some of the topics covered involve memory, obedience, autism, aggression and split brains. Students should be prepared to be self-critical and be willing to question all aspects of human behaviour, including their own.
There is also a practical element where students collect and analyse their own data. As a consequence of this there is a significant Mathematical element to the course.
The second year of study (A-Level) comprises three units; in applied Psychology all students will study Psychology of Mental Health, plus Psychology of Sport and Exercise and Forensic Psychology. Students also take a paper in research methods and finally they will look at further research into the main 5 areas of Psychology covered in the first
 year of study.


Entry requirements

Students need a minimum of a grade C in ideally Mathematics, English and Science but a higher grade is desirable. Because of the nature of Psychology, students must be well disciplined in keeping to deadlines and working alone.
Psychology requires a lot of critical analysis which must primarily come from the student.


All units are assessed by external examinations. The AS examinations will be taken in June of Year 12.
If students continue Psychology to A-Level their AS qualification will no longer stand nor contribute to their final A-Level grade.
All units are assessed by external examinations. The A-Level exams are taken in the summer of Year 13 and include the content of the 2 year course.


Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses, which could lead you onto higher education to study Psychology or more general higher education courses.
With further training, you could go into a job related to Psychology and people, such as a Counsellor, Nurse or Forensic Psychologist.
You could also go straight into employment as the qualifications are recognised to help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 January 2017
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