Level: A/S and A2
Examination Board / website : AQA
Assessment Details : assessment will be 100% written exam
The AS qualification is made up of two papers (1 hour 30 mins each) which will have a mixture of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing that focus on the following:
Paper 1 Introductory topics to Psychology: Social influence, Memory and Attachment. 1 hour and 30 minutes and is worth 50% of AS grade.
Paper 2 Psychology in context: Approaches in Psychology, Psychopathology and Research methods. 1 hour and 30 minutes and is worth 50% of AS grade.
The A-level qualification is made up of three papers (2 hours each) which will have a mixture of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing that focus on the following:
Paper 1 Introductory topics to Psychology: Social influence, Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology. 2 hours and is worth 33.3% of A2 grade.
Paper 2 Psychology in context: Approaches to Psychology, Biopsychology and Research Methods 2 hours and is worth 33.3% of A2 grade.
Paper 3 Issues and options in Psychology: Issues and debates in Psychology, Gender, Schizophrenia and Aggression. 2 hours and is worth 33.3% of A2 grade.
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Course Outline :
This qualification offers an engaging and effective introduction to Psychology. Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by Higher Education (HE) and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research. This course introduces students to the theories and methods of psychology. It offers them the opportunity to look at some of the explanations psychologists provide in trying to understand humans and their interactions with the world. It will investigate both psychological and physiological explanations for our behaviour. Psychology is a Science- it is important to have excellent scientific knowledge, skills and enthusiasm for the scientific method.
The course further aims to develop students' descriptive and analytical skills Students will be introduced to new concepts, theories and approaches based on psychological research. The students will need to use this research to critically evaluate theories and practice. Students will explore how research studies are created by learning about how to design, conduct research as well as analysing and interpreting data. Statistics will be used at A2 in data analysis; therefore, a good Maths background is required.
Please note that significant reading and writing outside of class will be expected of students.
Skills / Aptitudes required to be successful in this course : a good psychology student will be able to acquire specific terminology and will be required to learn a considerable amount of research studies to achieve a satisfactory result at A-level.
You will also have to be curious and have excellent analytical skills. A respect for others and a certain level of sensitivity are also important, as the topics discussed in Psychology are often socially sensitive.
Goes well with : Biology; Sociology; Chemistry
Pathways – Career and /or further study possibilities, using this subject: most careers in Psychology require a minimum of 3 years undergraduate study, but usually more.
Possible careers could be in Clinical Psychology, Psychotherapy, Counselling, Education, Advertising, Health professions.
Knowledge in Psychology is also essential for those aiming for any career in the care or educational sector, such as doctor, nurse, teacher, social worker, and physiotherapist.