Psychology at Richard Hale School
Exam Body: EDEXCEL
What students can expect of the course
AS 1 40% (20%)
AS 2 60% (30%)
Unit 1 : Social and Cognitive Psychology
Assessment is via a written paper with questions on two approaches to Psychology; the cognitive approach and the social approach. Topics include 'memory and forgetting' and 'prejudice and obedience'. Two practical investigations are undertaken during this unit. Students are not expected to submit a full write up, but will have to answer questions about these practicals in the exam.
Unit 2 : Understanding the Individual
Assessment is via a written paper with questions based on the final three approaches to Psychology; the psychodynamic approach, the biological approach and the learning approach. Topics include gender differences, the unconscious mind, and the central nervous system. Three practical investigations are undertaken, which are assessed during the exam.
A2 3 20%
A2 4 30%
Unit 3 : Applications of Psychology
Assessment is via a written paper with questions on Criminological and Child Psychology. The aim of this unit is to enable students to examine how Psychology can be applied to the real world.
Unit 4 : How Psychology Works
Assessment is via a written paper with questions on Clinical Psychology and 'Issues and Debates'. In Clinical Psychology students use the approaches from the AS course to explain mental illness and its treatment. In 'Issues and Debates' students will be asked to draw upon everything they have learnt so far in order to understand broad conceptual and methodological issues.
This course is not offered at GCSE, but an appropriate background would be grade B or better in Biology (or Double Science), Maths and English.
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How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Richard Hale School directly.