Psychology

COURSE DESCRIPTION

Psychology is a science studying the mind and behaviour. It focuses on investigating key areas of human behaviour, including child care issues, the nature of memory, stress and mental illness. As well as engaging with a wide range of contemporary issues, you will also have the opportunity to develop your research, analysis and evaluation skills.

COURSE CONTENT

AS UNITS:

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology
(1 hour 30 minutes written exam)
Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of theories and studies in relation to
Social Influence, Memory and Attachment.
Paper 2: Psychology in Context
(1 hour 30 minutes written exam)
Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of theories and studies in relation to Approaches in Psychology (including biopsychology), Psychopathology and Research Methods.
Both of these papers will include a combination of multiple-choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

A-LEVEL UNITS:

Paper 1: Introductory Topic in Psychology
(2 hour written exam)
Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of theories and studies in relation to Social Influence, Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology.
Paper 2: Psychology in Context
(2 hour written exam)
Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of theories and studies in relation to Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology and Research Methods.
Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology
(2 hour written exam)
Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of theories and studies in relation to the Issues and Debates that exist in Psychology, as well as other topics (for example Cognition and Development, Eating behaviour and Aggression).
All 3 of these papers will include a combination of multiple-choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

CAREER POSSIBILITIES

A Level Psychology contains a large number of transferable skills, which makes it a popular choice for both university entrance and employment. Psychology graduates are highly valued for their skills in literacy, numeracy, evaluation and research in a broad selection of careers.

GCSE GRADE PROFILE

Students who study this subject normally achieve A* to C in a range of subjects including Maths and English Language.