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Psychology A Level at The Whitstable School

Course description

One definition of Psychology is "The Science of Mind and Behaviour.

The Government requires at least 25-30% of A Level Psychology assessments should focus on Research Methods and 10% should test maths skills to level 2 or above.Therefore anyone choosing psychology needs to be aware they are studying an A level science with a strong mathematical basis.




Course content

The A level consists of 3 exams at the end of 2 years of study.Each exam is two hours long.

Research Methods -90 marks-30% of the A level.

Psychological Themes through Core Studies-105 marks-35% of the A level

Applied Psychology-105 marks-35% of the A Level.

Research Methods builds on knowledge from GCSE Maths and Science.Students learn how different scientific methods can be applied to the study of human behaviour and how research can be valid,reliable and ethical.Part of the course also requires students to use scientific methodology to carry out their own behavioural research then analyse the findings using inferential statistics.

Psychological Themes covers several different perspectives and approaches to understanding human behaviour,ranging from the biological approach to learning theory.These are explored through comprehensive description description,evaluation and comparison of 10 Core Studies.5 will be classic or well known pieces of research,5 will be more contemporary.This will include an evaluation of the research methods used in each study

Entry requirements

5 GCSE A* - C grades, including Maths, English and Science

Future opportunities

Psychology has become the third most popular A Level in the United is the gateway to a tremendous number of career sectors,including Medical,Sport,Management,Retail,Education,Criminology and a wide variety of the caring professions.

Psychology helps us understand the thinking,feeling and behavioural processes that make us human.A Level Psychology is accepted as one of the most valuable stepping stones to higher education,universities and colleges,as well as into worthwhile long -term employment.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification please contact Curriculum Leader for Social Sciences

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: 11 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 year