Psychology A level (See Option Blocks on our website)

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What will you be working towards?

Code ND2
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

Students study material which is examined in three papers:

 

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology

This covers four of the major areas of psychology, namely social influence (which covers topics such as obedience and conformity), memory, attachment (which covers the relationship between a child, its mother and other caregivers, such as the impact upon the child of attending nursery) and psychopathology (which covers the application of psychological theory to the explanation and treatment of mental health problems).

 

Paper 2: Psychology in Context

This covers the major approaches in psychology (for example the work of the behaviourists, Freudian psychology, etc). It also covers the importance of biopsychological ideas to explaining human behaviour. The research methods commonly used in psychology is also a focus of this paper, although students should note that the theme of research runs through all areas of the course.

 

 

 

Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology

This covers issues and debates in psychology, such as the nature v nurture debate and the gender / cultural biases present in psychological research and theory. It also covers three option topics of Forensic Psychology, Relationships and Schizophrenia.

Details

Students study material which is examined in three papers:

 

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology

This covers four of the major areas of psychology, namely social influence (which covers topics such as obedience and conformity), memory, attachment (which covers the relationship between a child, its mother and other caregivers, such as the impact upon the child of attending nursery) and psychopathology (which covers the application of psychological theory to the explanation and treatment of mental health problems).

 

Paper 2: Psychology in Context

This covers the major approaches in psychology (for example the work of the behaviourists, Freudian psychology, etc). It also covers the importance of biopsychological ideas to explaining human behaviour. The research methods commonly used in psychology is also a focus of this paper, although students should note that the theme of research runs through all areas of the course.

 

 

 

Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology

This covers issues and debates in psychology, such as the nature v nurture debate and the gender / cultural biases present in psychological research and theory. It also covers three option topics of Forensic Psychology, Relationships and Schizophrenia.

How will it be delivered?

All three examination papers are 2 hours in duration and use a range of question styles, including multiple choice, short answer questions and extended writing.

Entry requirements

Psychology is only taught in the sixth form, therefore ideas and concepts will be unfamiliar. Since 2009 Psychology has been designated as a science subject, therefore students need to be able to tackle scientific concepts and use analytical skills.

Your next steps...

A-level Psychology can lead to a wide range of career possibilities including careers in Medicine, Clinical Psychology, Criminal Psychology, Business Management, Education, Health, Sports and Research.