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Key Stage 5 – Years 12/13

What will I study? 
In the AS course you will look at key areas of psychology that represent a balanced sample of the research interests and methods.  At A2, three options are chosen from eight topics, which include Relationships, Eating behaviour, and Aggression; students also consider some of the wider issues relating to Psychology, such as issues and debates, psychology in action, and psychopathology. Additionally, at AS and A2 you will have the opportunity to carry out research, in groups and individually, using a variety of methods.  

The course aims to stimulate an enthusiasm for the subject and allows students to consider psychology in the context of real-life situations. You will develop a deeper understanding of human behaviour, the ways in which it can be investigated, and how it can be applied. It will also enable you to recognise the value, use and misuse of Psychology in society.

AS Level 
Unit 1: Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology & Research Methods
50% of AS-level marks, 25%of total A-level mark

Unit 2: Biological Psychology, Social Psychology & Individual Differences
50% if AS-level marks, 25% of total A-level mark


A2 Level 
Unit 3: Topics in Psychology.
25% of total A-level mark

Unit 4: Psychopathology, Psychology in Action & Research Methods
25% of total A-level mark

How will I be assessed? 
All four units are assessed by examination.  You will be assessed on your knowledge and understanding of the subject as well as your ability to critically evaluate key research.  You will also be given the opportunity to demonstrate your practical and research skills.

Future opportunities 
Psychology offers a wide range of transferable skills such as critical analysis, statistics, essay writing, scientific research and evaluation. It would be of both academic and practical use in many subjects and careers from economics to medicine to media.

What are the entry requirements? 
Grade B or above in GCSE English Language. You do not need to have any prior knowledge of the subject; however, a sound knowledge of GCSE Maths, Science and English is very helpful. Enthusiasm and a willingness to work hard are essential.

Psychology would compliment wide range of subject choices at A-level, including English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Sociology, and Religious Studies.

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