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PSYCHOLOGY (A LEVEL)

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AQA

INTRODUCTION

The mind is something intangible that exists within our brain. An unseen process of enzymes, chemicals and electric current moving within the structure of our neural networks dictates why we feel, think and behave the way we do.  But why is it that some people suffer form stress and mental illness?  Why so some fear snakes yet some think them cuddly?  Psychology looks at questions like these in the study of the human mind and behaviour.  It is a science that has real world applications to issues in everyday life.

COURSE STRUCTURE

There are eight compulsory subjects to study and three optional groups of topics to choose from.  The current Upper Sixth are studying options; 11. Cognition and development; 13. Eating Behaviour; 15. Aggression, which are likely to roll through.

Subject content

Compulsory content:

 

Optional – one each from:

 

  1. Social influence
  2. Memory
  3. Attachment
  4. Psychopathology
  5. Approaches in psychology
  6. Biopsychology
  7. Research methods
  8. Issues and debates in psychology

 

Option 1

  1.  Relationships
  2. Gender
  3. Cognition and development

Option 2

  1. Schizophrenia
  2. Eating behaviour
  3. Stress

Option 3

  1. Aggression
  2. Forensic psychology
  3. Addiction
     

ASSESSMENT

Three papers are taken at the end of the second year.

Paper 1: Introductory topics in psychology

Paper 2: Psychology in context

Paper 3: Issues and options in psychology 

Paper 1: Introductory topics in psychology

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Paper 2: Psychology in context

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Paper 3: Issues and options in psychology

What’s assessed

Compulsory content 1-4 above

 

What’s assessed

Compulsory content 15-7 above

 

What’s assessed

Compulsory content 8 above

 

Optional content: one from Option 1 (9-11), one from Option 2 (12-14, one from Option 3 (15-17) above.

Assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hrs
  • 96 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A level

 

Assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hrs
  • 96 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A level

 

Assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hrs
  • 96 marks in total
  • 33.3% of A level

Exam format

 

Multiple choice, short answer and extended writing

 

 

Exam format

 

Multiple choice, short answer and extended writing

 

Exam format

 

Multiple choice, short answer and extended writing

GENERAL COMMENTS

Psychology has links with many disciplines including biological, computer and forensic science as well as humanities such as sociology, philosophy, anthropology and even literature. It involves study of theory, empirical evidence and practical applications.  This mix of disciplines helps to make psychology such a fascinating subject. 

PROGRESSION

Psychology is useful for any job that requires lots of interaction or an understanding of human behaviour and development.  People with skills in psychology are sought after in business, management, teaching, research, social work and careers in medicine and healthcare.

ENTRY REQUIRMENTS

Students are required to have achieved at least a grade 6 in GCSE English Language.  It is also desirable to have achieved at least a grade 6 in Maths and a grade 6 in Biology.

In the case of over-subscription, students will be required to achieve a grade 6 in Mathematics, or a grade 6 in Additional Science, or a grade 6 in Biology/Chemistry, and an additional task will be set during Induction Week in June to help determine who should study the subject.

If you have any questions regarding this course please see Miss Start.