Psychology

Psychology is a linear A-Level.


The Course

Psychology involves the study of mental processes and behaviour in the context of real life experiences. This course is for those who have an enquiring mind, like to discuss and wish to gain an understanding of how humans (and non-humans) develop, socialise and interact with each other. Psychology is not just an academic subject; it’s a life-skill.

Students will develop transferable skills that both support study in a wide range of subjects at university and the transition to employment, including quantitative and analytical analysis and forming and testing hypotheses. The development and application of mathematical skills prepare students for study of psychology and related courses at university.

Students can progress from this qualification to: Higher education qualifications such as psychology degrees, and biology-related courses or further education courses such as BTEC Higher Nationals such as the Higher Nationals in Applied Biology and Biological Sciences for Industry.


AS Psychology

If you choose to take the standalone AS qualification over one year we will study only topics 1-6.

  • Exams: You will sit two summer exams
  • Paper 1: 1hour 30 minute exam, topics 1-3. 72 marks in total worth 50% of the AS Grade
  • Paper 2: 1hour 30 minute exam, topics 4-6 72 marks in total worth 50% of the AS Grade 20

A2 Psychology

If you choose to take A level Psychology over two years we will cover topics 1-6 in the first year and topics 7,8 and 3 more (one each from topic option blocks 1-3)

Exams: You will sit three summer exams at the end of your second year.

Paper 1: 2 hour exam, topics 1-4 - 96 marks in total worth 33% of the A level Grade

Paper 2: 2 hour exam, topics 5-7 - 96 marks in total worth 33% of the A level Grade

Paper 3: 2 hour exam, topic 8 (plus one topic from each of the 3 option blocks) - 96 marks in total worth 33% of the A level Grade

As with all linear specifications the AS qualification is ‘standalone’ and does not contribute towards the final A2 grade.


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students must have a grade 5 in Science (Biology for triple science OR a grade 5 in additional Science) AND a grade 5 in English Language AND a grade 5 in Maths higher tier.