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Psychology A level at Buxton Community School

Course description

There is no requirement for prior knowledge of psychology when embarking on this course and we do not expect candidates to have taken the GCSE Psychology course. However, the specification builds on knowledge and understanding included within the GCSE courses, with coverage of some topics in greater depth and the introduction of new topic areas to engage and further stimulate students.

By embarking on the course, students will acquire the ability to:

  • develop critical thinking skills
  • have an in-depth understanding of the various methods and approaches in psychology
  • demonstrate knowledge of key pieces of research, interpret, evaluate and discuss


Candidates will sit four papers over the course, 2 at AS level in June, and 2 at A level the following June.

  • Unit 1 – PSYB1: Introducing Psychology
  • Unit 2 – PSYB2: Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology and Individual Differences
  • Each paper makes up 50% of AS, 25% of A Level
  • Externally-assessed examinations, 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 60 marks
  • Candidates answer three compulsory sections of questions
  • Unit 3 – PSYB3: Child Development and Applied Options
  • Unit 4 – PSYB4: Approaches, Debates and Methods in Psychology
  • Externally-assessed examination, 2 hours 60 marks
  • Candidates answer three sections of questions
  • Each paper makes up 25% of the overall A Level

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 September 2016

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