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Psychology AS Level at Graveney School

Course description

Psychology is the scientific study of thought, emotion and behaviour. A Level Psychology equips students with a scientific understanding of the motivations of human behaviour and the methodological skills to be able to critically analyse research. Psychology at A Level has a similar assessment method to the sciences and the assessment objectives are weighted similarly; thus, students must demonstrate an academic ability and interest in Biology, Physics and Chemistry.

Course content

There are two exams at AS each worth 50% of the AS qualification. Each exam lasts 1 hour 30 minutes and is worth 72 marks. The exams consist of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology: (Social influence, Memory, Attachment)
Ever wondered why people obey orders which can have disastrous consequencies? This topic will help you explore the role of the group and individuals on the behaviour and attitudes of others.

What is your earliest memory? We will also look at how the human memory works and introduce you to theories of human memory.
Do childhood experiences affect adult behaviour? This topic presents theories on the formation of childhood attachments and taps into some of the large debates in Psychology such as the role of nature and nurture in human behaviour.
Paper 2 – Psychology in context (Approaches in Psychology, Psychopathology, Research methods)

Are we blank slates?
This topic will introduce you to key approaches in Psychology which have different ways of explaining complex human behaviour.
What does it mean to be 'normal'? This topic explores what ‘abnormality’ is and looks at the characteristics and treatment of phobias, depression, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
You will also learn about, and gain experience of, the methods that Psychologists use in their research. You will look at how the data from research is analysed and interpreted.

Future opportunities

Not only is Psychology a fascinating subject to study, but it also prepares graduates for a very wide range of careers, as well as going onto becoming chartered psychologists specialising in studying clinical, educational, occupational, forensic, health or sports psychology. Psychology also provides a useful training for a much wider range of career
options. These include nursing, teaching, social work, sales, media and broadcasting, personnel management and even the Police and the Armed Forces.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 November 2017
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