Psychology AS/A Level

Psychology AS/A Level

The AS course provides a general introduction to Psychology which is the scientific study of human behaviour and experience. You will develop knowledge, understanding and skills of analysis in relation to a variety of topics commencing with the main psychological approaches to explaining human behaviour.

Topics include social influence, biological psychology, cognitive psychology involving memory, developmental psychology involving caregiver-infant attachments and psychopathology involving the causes and treatments of mental illness. In addition there is a significant component on Research Methods covering how psychologists conduct research and analyse data. Within the linear A level course the study of human biology has now become a much greater component along with increasing focus upon statistics. All topics are examined within a scientific framework and students will learn how to perform different types of data analysis including 8 statistical tests. This significant statistical component involves students learning how to plan and conduct their own research and write scientific reports following the analysis of data. In addition the course includes the same topics as the AS course but in greater detail due to the greater depth required in assessment. Further topics such as gender development, aggression, Schizophrenia and current debates within Psychology are covered during the second year. Students who prefer scientific oriented subjects and have achieved good grades in science, particularly Biology, at GCSE are likely to enjoy and succeed in psychology.

Entry requirements: To study the AS course a GCSE in Maths, English and two Sciences at grade 4. For the A level, in addition to the AS requirements, at least one of the sciences at grade 5 would be preferable.

Course assessment: AS Psychology: Two 90 minute exams covering one years content with questions consisting of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing. A level Psychology: Three 2 hour exams covering two years content with questions consisting of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing.

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