Entry Requirements

Grade B GCSE Biology or Grade A Additional Science

Grade 5 GCSE English Language

Grade 5 GCSE Maths

Course Structure

Year 12 – AS

2 Written papers, each contributing 50% to the AS qualification

Paper 1 – Introductory topics in psychology

Paper 2 – Psychology in context

Year 13 – A Level

3 Written papers, each contributing 33.3% to the full A Level qualification

Paper 1 – Introductory topics in psychology

Paper 2 – Psychology in context

Paper 3 – Issues and options in psychology

Students are advised that there is a mathematical and scientific content to this course. Also, A Level students will not sit AS level exams, and study to AS level is by arrangement only.

For more information contact

Mrs E Lupton

Mrs F Hutchinson

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind and our behaviours. It seeks to uncover how we think, feel act and interact individually or as part of a group. It offers a fascinating insight into the reasons behind why we do what we do. It considers all aspects of behaviour to include the thoughts, feelings and motivations underlying our behaviour. It is a subject which develops analytical skills and scientific method and is relevant to all of us. Psychology would be of benefit to those who are considering career paths such as marketing, forensics or education.

Course Content:

AS Level

Unit 1 – Introductory topics in psychology

Social influence

Memory

Attachment

Unit 2 – Psychology in context

Approaches in psychology

Psychopathology

Research methods

A level

Students will complete compulsory content

Unit 1 – Introductory topics in psychology

Social influence

Memory

Attachment

Psychopathology

Unit 2 – Psychology in context

Approaches in psychology

Biopsychology

Research methods

Unit 3 – Issues and options in psychology

Issues and debates in psychology

One of the following options

Option 1 – Relationships, Gender and Cognition and development

Option 2 -Schizophrenia, Eating behaviour and Stress

Option 3 – Aggression, Forensic psychology and Addiction

Opportunities for enrichment activities

Additional excursions run on a year to year basis. In the past they have included a trip to Edinburgh to visit Camera Obscura and the Centre for Life.