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Psychology AS/A Level at Beverley High School

Course description

Psychology is the scientific study of people, the mind and behaviour. Psychologists set out to examine why people behave the way they do. An A’Level in Psychology introduces you to the scientific study of a wide range of behaviour.

Course content

First year of A’Level will include:

  •         Social Influence
  •         Memory
  •         Attachment
  •         Approaches in Psychology
  •         Biopsychology
  •         Psychopathology
  • Alongside these main areas there will be a module looking at Research Methods. You will become familiar with 4 techniques used by psychologists to investigate human behaviour: self-report, experiment, observation and correlation. You will also study the Scientific Process and Data Handling and Analysis, giving you good knowledge of the entire scientific cycle.
  • Second year of A’Level

    There is a compulsory topic covering the issues and debates in psychology, plus one optional module from each of the following (to be selected by Psychology Department):

    Option one

  •         Relationships
  •         Gender
  •         Cognition and development

Option two

  •         Schizophrenia
  •         Eating behaviour
  •         Stress

Option three

  •         Aggression
  •         Forensic psychology
  •        Addiction


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

At A-Level there are three exams, each account for one third of the A’level.  The three exams last 2 hours each  and are worth 96 marks each. The exam consists of multiple- choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 August 2016

Key information


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    • Beverley High School is a Group 6, five-form entry girls' comprehensive within the East Riding of Yorkshire. 816 girls are currently on roll including 120 girls in the Sixth Form. The School, founded in 1908, has developed since 1973 from a grammar school into a fully comprehensive 11-18 establishment. The school celebrated its 100th anniversary in September 2008.

      Beverley High School is long established with an excellent record and considerable achievements in academic work, music, drama, art and sport. We are particularly concerned to develop each girl's good qualities to the full. The school has a long tradition of successful education and enjoys a high reputation within the community, both at local and county level. The school features in the “Good Schools’ Guide”.

      Subject departments are housed in purpose-built rooms set amidst fine grounds. We have a dedicated Library and Sixth Form Block. A Sports Hall was opened in September 2006 and an Art/Technology Centre opened in September 2008.