Psychology

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Year 12 and 13
Course GCE A Level Psychology
Exam Board/Syllabus AQA – 7182
Grade Equivalences A*-E

Course Entry Requirements

In Addition To The School Sixth Form Entry Requirements

GCSE Grade 4 in English
Assessment Route

Three written exams:

Paper 1  33.3%

Paper 2  33.3%

Paper 3  33.3%

 

Psychology as a subject has great relevance to us all; it investigates the way humans and animals think and behave; including memory, attachment in early childhood, research techniques, abnormal behaviour and stress. Psychology is a contemporary and popular subject providing a good basis for a number of arts and Science subjects, and a wide variety of careers; clinical, forensic, educational and sports psychology, education and teaching, social work, psychiatry and medicine, media and journalism to name but a few.

The A Level – This is designed to be a stand-alone qualification and will be examined at the end of the two year course. There will be three exam papers each being 2 hours long. All papers will contain Research methods and continue to develop mathematical skills particularly statistics.

Paper one – This comprises of Social Influence, Memory and Attachment building on the work learnt in year one. It also introduces Psychopathology bringing in mental illness.

Paper two – Psychology in context, comprising of approaches in psychology, biopsychology and research methods. This paper is designed to build on the knowledge learnt in year one.

Paper three – Issues and options in Psychology. Issues will introduce a range of debates in Psychology that dominate the way we think – Nature V Nurture, Holism and reductionism, Idiographic and Nomothetic approaches. There will also be nine options to choose from that will put Psychology into practice: Relationships, Gender, Cognition, Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour, Stress, Aggression, Addiction and Forensic Psychology.

Learning strategies:

  • Decision making, role plays and data analysis
  • Laboratory work and fieldwork.
  • Applying and evaluating psychological ideas.
  • Homework including examination questions, essays and research.
  • Self-study using school resources.
  • Presentation assignments (individual and group) including use of ICT.
  • Active engagement in enquiry into problems, issues and questions
  • Group discussions.
  • Challenging and engaging class discussions on problems, issues and questions.
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