What does the course involve?
At AS/Year1 you will acquire a broad knowledge and understanding of the core areas of Psychology (social, cognitive, developmental, biological and psychopathology) through studying a range of accessible life topics.

Introductory Topics in Psychology will cover:

  • Cognitive psychology including memory and eyewitness testimony.
  • Developmental psychology including attachment, early social development and adult relationships.
  • Social influence including majority and minority influence, explanations of obedience and the role social change.

Psychology in Context will cover:

  • Approaches in Psychology including the behaviourist approach and the biological approach.
  • Biopsychology including the divisions of the nervous system and the function of the endocrine system.
  • Individual differences including definitions of abnormality, approaches and therapies.
  • Research methods in the context of the topic areas.

In Year 2 you will study topics in greater depth e.g. relationships and schizophrenia. Explanations from different psychological approaches will be brought together which will engage you in the issues and debates of Psychology.

How will you learn?
You will be involved in a variety of activities such as group discussions, study groups and projects, individual assignments in the community, games and experiments in the classroom, individual tutorials as well as essay and exam skills practice.

What exams and coursework are involved?
A-level: 3 x 2 hour exams (Introductory Topics in Psychology, Psychology in Context and Issues and Options in Psychology)

What are the entry requirements?
You do not need to have studied Psychology at GCSE but do need GCSE English Language, Mathematics or Science at 6 or above.

What could you do after completing the course?
Psychology A-level could be the starting point for anything:
A career in Psychology e.g. clinical psychologist, health psychologist, educational psychologist, forensic psychologist, occupational psychologist. Medical careers and those linked e.g. nursing, physiotherapy, dentistry, speech therapy, research. Teaching, child care or social work. Police, the Armed Forces, Law, Advertising, Art, Journalism, Sport and Recreation.



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