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Psychology

What will I be doing?
Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and the mind. Psychology is located in scientific method and studying it at A-Level allows for extensive evaluation from a range of perspectives. You will have the opportunity to develop a wide-ranging set of key skills, including being able to communicate effectively using appropriate language, to interpret and critically assess scientific data, and to research and critically evaluate a range of sources. The course allows you to understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society. The acquisition of such a diverse range of skills will be of great benefit to you in further education, the workplace and society in general. A qualification in Psychology A-level or BTEC can lead to studying a social science at degree level e.g. Sociology, Psychology, Criminology etc. Studying Psychology can lead to a variety of different jobs such as becoming an educational psychologist, working in the police force or becoming a teacher.
 

We offer Psychology as an A-Level and as a BTEC qualification.
 

A-Level Psychology
 

What’s in the exam?
You will sit three external examinations all taken at the end of 2 years.
The first exam (2 hours) is assessing your knowledge of research methods and is worth 30% of the final grade. It is based on planning, conducting, analysing and reporting psychological research across a range of experimental and non-experimental methodologies and techniques. 
The second exam (2 hours) is assessing your knowledge of psychological themes through core studies and is worth 35% of the final grade. It Introduces some of the central areas of investigation in psychology organised in key
themes. Each key theme is represented by a classic and a contemporary core study.
The third exam (2 hours) is assessing your knowledge of applied psychology and is worth 35% of the final grade. It is based on issues in mental health, and studies within child psychology and criminal psychology,

What coursework do I have to do?
There is no coursework.
There will be regular class assessments throughout the course.

What grades do I need to have to get on the course?
You must achieve 5 grade 5 GCSEs including English Maths and Science in order to study A-level Psychology.


BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Psychology
 

You are assessed by two external examination units and two internally assessed coursework units.
 

What’s in the exam?
You will sit two external exams, one taken at the end of year one and one taken during the second year.
Unit 1: (1.5 hours) is assessing your knowledge of psychological approaches and applications. It is based on key concepts as used to explain aspects of human behaviour and includes concepts and research from
approaches in psychology and applying them to contemporary issues in society.
Unit 3: (2 hours) is assessing your knowledge of health psychology. It is based on psychological approaches, theories and studies related to lifestyle choices, unhealthy behaviours and behavioural change, linking them to their specific contexts.             

What coursework do I have to do?
Two units are coursework which covers research through a set of assignment briefs.
Unit 2: is an internal assessment on conducting psychological research. It allows you to develop knowledge, understanding and skills in the scientific process and in psychological research methodology through your own psychological research project.
Unit 4: is an internal assessment on conducting criminal and forensic psychology. It allows you to explore the different theories used to explain criminal behaviour and the application of criminal and forensic psychology in the criminal justice system.

What grades do I need to have to get on the course?
You must achieve Pathway 3 entry requirements plus: Grade 4+ in GCSE maths in order to study BTEC Applied Psychology.

 

Amanda Treherne

Psychology Head of Subject 

 

Karen Andrews

Social Science Head of Faculty