THE ECCLESBOURNE SCHOOL

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Psychology

Exam Board: AQA

Contact: Miss K. Handley

Course Overview

Psychology is a challenging, interesting and very rewarding subject. The course aims to give you the fundamental understanding of core theory and concepts upon which Psychology is based, develop a critical appreciation for the scientific nature of Psychology and allow you to critically evaluate and implement research methods and tools which form the basis of Psychology as a scientific study of behaviour and thought. If you are interested in understanding why humans behave as they do, then this is the subject for you!

The course at AS consists of three introductory topics: Social Influence, Memory and Attachment, followed by three introductory psychology in-context topics: Approaches, Psychopathology and Research Methods. The A Level consists of four compulsory topics (Social Influence, Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology) alongside Approaches and Biopsychology. Research methods extend those learnt at AS to include the Scientific Process, Analysis of Qualitative Data and the use of Inferential Tests. There is a section on Issues and Debates' and there is a choice of three optional topics, including Gender, Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour, Forensic Psychology and Addiction.

General Entry Requirements

5 GCSES 4-9 or A*-C to include Maths and English Lang or Lit Grade 5 + GCSE Science 2*5s

Where can Psychology take me?

A Level Psychology can take you on to a degree in the subject, or countless others, including Criminology, Sociology Neuroscience or Law. As Psychology is the study of human behaviour, it is useful in any career that works with people. Careers might involve health and educational services, academia and marketing.

Assessment

AS Level Assessment % of course
Paper 1 1 hour 30 minute exam 50%
Paper 2 1 hour 30 minute exam 50%
A Level Assessment % of course
Paper 1 2 hour exam 33.3%
Paper 2 2 hour exam 33.3%
Paper 3 2 hour exam 33.3%