Psychology A Level

A -Level Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and human behaviour. Psychologists use scientific methods to conduct experiments to observe the way that people act and interact. Psychologists then try to understand what motivates, challenges or changes people and their behaviour. This information is then used to tackle personal and social issues. The subject combines particularly well with other science subjects and other social science subjects. It develops a set of important transferrable skills including critical analysis and research design. A-Level Psychology is a linear course: students will complete three exam papers at the end of their two years of study.

Course Content

Paper 1 covers Introductory Topics in Psychology, students will study:

  • Social influence

  • Memory

  • Attachment

  • Psychopathology

Paper 1 is assessed through a written exam lasting two hours, worth 33.3% of the A-Level.

Paper 2 covers Psychology in Context, students will study:

  • Approaches in Psychology

  • Biopsychology

  • Research methods

Paper 2 is assessed through a written exam lasting two hours, worth 33.3% of the A-Level.

Paper 3 covers Issues and Options in Psychology, students will study:

  • Gender

  • Stress

  • Forensic Psychology

Paper 3 is assessed through a written exam lasting two hours, worth 33.3% of the A-Level.

Entry Requirements

You must have achieved at least five GCSE at grades A*-C / 9-5, which must include GCSE English Language. You must also achieve a grade 6 in both GCSE Maths and a GCSE science subject. Your average GCSE score must be a minimum of 5.5. You would be expected to have a satisfactory reference from your last school.

International Entry Requirements

You will be expected to have an IELTS score of 5.5 or greater, High School Certificates must be the equivalent to five GCSE at grades A*-C / 9-5, which must include GCSE English Language, GCSE Maths and a GCSE science subject (NARIC will be used to check equivalence)

Duration and Delivery

The A-Level qualification is a full time course achieved over a two year period. The year begins in September and runs through to the beginning of July. A-Levels can only be studied as part of the Full Time A-Level Course, studying three subjects over a two year period.

Progression

The majority of A-Level students will progress onto a Higher Education Degree at University.

Additional Information

You will need to have your own copies of key textbooks. The exam board is AQA, the Specification Number is GCE Psychology, 7182.

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