Psychology

Exam Board AQA                              PSYCHOLOGY
Description

Psychology is an exciting subject which enables students to apply scientific methodology to understanding human behaviour in the world around them. It offers the opportunity to learn transferable skills such as the ability to analyse arguments and evidence, testing hypotheses and making informed judgements. Students should leave the course with the skills to write concisely and accurately, be numerate and able to give reasoned explanations for human behaviour. These are all skills valued by any subject in Higher Education and by employers. Psychology really is a ‘skill for life’. It has been stated that those studying Psychology at A Level become: “psychologically literate citizens” referring to the fact that Psychology students become ‘critically scientific thinkers and ethical and socially responsible participants in their communities’

The AQA A Level Psychology course offers an engaging and effective introduction to Psychology which will appeal to a cross-section of students, regardless of whether they have studied the subject before. The AQA qualification builds on skills developed in the sciences and humanities, and enables progression into a wide range of other subjects.

Course content  

Compulsory content

Optional

 

One option will be selected from each groups below by the course teachers.  This year we are studying Relationships, Schizophrenia and Forensic Psychology

Option 1

Option 2

Option 3

·        17 Addiction

Enrichment opportunities

We offer various enrichment opportunities such as a visit to the University of Kent studying research methodology.

Assessment

All assessment is carried out at the end of the course in Year 13

Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology

Compulsory content sections 1-4 above.

2 hour written exam (33.3% of A Level) consisting of mixture of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

Paper 2: Psychology in Context

Compulsory content sections 5-7 above.

2 hour written exam (33.3% of A Level) consisting of mixture of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology

Compulsory content section 8 above

One option from sections 9-11, one option from sections 12-14 and one topic from sections 15-17.

2 hour written exam (33.3% of A Level) consisting of mixture of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions.