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Qualification: Psychology A Level
Location: Canterbury College

Psychology A Level

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and how it influences behaviour, from communication and memory to thought and emotion.

It is about understanding people and how this understanding can help us address and solve many of the problems in society. As a science psychology is dedicated to the study of human behaviour through observation, measurement, and testing, in order to form conclusions that are based on sound scientific methodology. Psychologists employ their knowledge and expertise in many areas of society, such as: Helping us prevent and overcome mental disorder, stress, and trauma; speeding up recovery from brain injury; improving performance both at school and in the workplace; assisting the police, courts, and prison services in the operation of their duties; and, analysing and improving athletic performance.

COURSE CONTENT

You will cover a range of topics such as:

  • Social Influence – This is the study of how society influences the individual. Why we do as we are told, why we do what everyone else is doing. Why some people rebel against society
  • Memory – Different types of memory. Why eyewitnesses to crime make such poor witnesses. Why we forget.
  • Attachment – How our relationships with our first carers influence all our future relationships. The impact of institutionalisation in childhood on relationships
  • Approaches – Different fields of psychology and how they explain human behaviour
  • Psychopathology – What is normal and what is abnormal. Explanations and treatments for phobias, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
  • Research Methods – The methods used by psychologists to investigate human behaviour
  • Biopsychology –  How the brain, neurotransmitters, and other aspects of our biology influence our behaviours, thoughts, and feelings.
  • Forensic Psychology - Psychological expertise as it applies to the justice system.

 

ASSESSMENT IN YEAR 1

Two written assessment papers taken at the end of the first year and assessment of relevant practical skills.

PROGRESSION ONTO YEAR 2

Progression to the second year of this A Level course will be dependent on having made satisfactory progress in the first year of the course, including achieving at least an E grade in a formal late spring assessment, as well as the maintenance of a good level of attendance and commitment throughout the year.

FINAL ASSESSMENT AT END OF YEAR 2

The A Level is entirely based on three written examination papers taken at the end of the second year and is based on both years’ work.

MINIMUM ENTRY CRITERIA

For an A Level programme of study, we require students to have an average point on entry score of 5.0 from their best 6 subjects, ideally including English and Mathematics. Students must also satisfy the minimum entry criteria for A Level Psychology below.

Grade 5

GCSE English Language or English Literature

AND

 

Grade 5

In at least one other predominantly written based GCSE subject (from subjects such as English Language, English Literature, History, Religious Studies or Sociology)

 

WHAT CAN I DO AFTER STUDYING A LEVEL PSYCHOLOGY?

Psychologists work in a number of fields and therefore a psychology degree offers good career opportunities. These include forensic psychology, clinical psychology, educational psychology, cognitive psychology, occupational psychology, neuropsychology, health psychology, sport psychology, counselling psychology. In addition, people with psychology degrees go into a range of other professions as they have demonstrated an ability to be adaptable and have a range of skills. They have a good grasp of scientific and mathematical principles and can write in detail.

FURTHER INFORMATION

This is a challenging subject in both its academic rigour but also in some of the content it requires you to consider and research.

Sociology students will also have the opportunity to take up a related Extended Project Qualification in an area of specialism they choose.

 

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