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Psychology at Richard Hale School

Course description

Exam Body: EDEXCEL

What students can expect of the course

  • Five practical investigations which allow students to explore aspects of Psychology for themselves.
  • Regular homework assignments which build on what is studied in class and encourage background reading.
  • Participation in classroom re-enactments of theories, models and studies investigated in the course.
  • Valuable life skills and in-depth knowledge of the reasons behind human behaviour.
  • Course content

    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.

    Entry requirements

    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.


    Please see above for details.

    How to apply

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

    Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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