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Psychology AS/A Level ( EDUQAS ) at Allerton High School

Course description

Psychology is the science of the mind, which is an extremely complex part of human life as it is the source of all thought and behaviour.

AS Psychology develops students' understanding of why people behave as they do.  Students learn about different psychological perspectives, methods used to develop theories and studies to support these theories.  Students develop their written communication skills and their ability to describe and evaluate an explanation for our behaviour.



Course content

Specification: Eduqas

  • Unit 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology (AS and A2)
  • Unit 2: Psychology in Context (AS and A2)
  • Unit 3: Issues and Applications (A2)

You will cover a range of approaches in Psychology including psychodynamic, positive psychology and the behaviourist approach.  You will develop key debating skills using current research to build balanced arguments, as well as understanding the research process.

By studying Psychology you will learn a number of key skills which are applicable across subjects and for University, these include:-

1   Demonstrating knowledge and understanding of scientific procedures.

2   Apply knowledge to scientific procedures.

3   Analyse and interpret scientific information.



Entry requirements

You should have achieved a Minimum of 5 GCSEs at 9-4 or equivalent including English and Maths at grade 5 and at least a grade 5 in Psychology (if studied).


There is no assessed coursework for AS Psychology, instead there are two examinations for AS students and three examinations for A2 students. There is a practical element, which will be assessed within the examinations. The examinations assess your ability to recognise, recall and show understanding of scientific knowledge and analyse and evaluate this knowledge. All exams have equal weighting

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Future opportunities

A Level Psychology is useful for gaining acceptance into many Higher Education courses.  It is particularly useful for students wishing to study Science/Social Science based subjects.  Psychology opens doors to many careers including Clinical Psychology, Social Work, Teaching, Educational Psychology, Personnel work, Nursing and working with children.

Further information

For further information please contact Mrs Thomas-Smith at Allerton High School on 0113 2034770.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 07 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Number of planned places: 25

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mr B Harding
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 0113 2034770