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Psychology A level at St John Fisher Catholic High School

Course description


Unit 1: Social Influence, Memory and Attachment (developmental Psychology).

Unit 2: Approaches in Psychology (to include the origins of Psychology and its emergence and recognition as a science), Psychopathology (characteristics, explanations and treatments of phobias, depression and OCD) and Research Methods

Each of the above two units is worth 50% of the AS Level and is assessed through two, 1 hour 30 minute exams containing three sections of compulsory questions. There is no coursework at AS or A Level.


Unit 1: Social Influence, Memory, and Psychopathology

Unit 2: Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology and Research Methods

Unit 3: Issues and Debates in Psychology
- One from Relationships, gender, Cognition and development
- One from Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour, Stress
- One from Aggression, Forensic Psychology, Addiction

Each of the above three units is worth 33.3% of the A Level qualification; the course assessed through three 2 hour exams.

Entry requirements

Students will be required to have GCSE grade B in one English course, in one Science course and in Mathematics.

Future opportunities

Psychology will be of relevance to anyone who is interested in people and who can display a good range of academic skills. Many of our students continue their Psychological studies beyond A Level, either via degree courses in Psychology or in subjects that are likely to have a Psychological element e.g. Physiotherapy, Teaching, Nursing, Marketing, Human Resources, Social Work, Advertising and many others.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Fisher Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 July 2015

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