PSYCHOLOGY

A Level – Psychology

 

Member of Department:

Mrs Sinead Magee – Head of Department

Introduction

Psychology is a science and the study of this subject should engender an awareness of the variety and complexity of the human mind, human behaviour and human relationships. It will promote understanding of self, other people, behaviour and thought. This subject provides opportunities for developing knowledge of spiritual, moral, ethical, social and cultural issues, together with an awareness of citizenship, environmental issues and health and safety considerations.

Recommended GCSE Subjects and Grades 

Minimum school entry requirements plus at least Grade B in English and Maths

WJEC A Level Specification

In September 2019 we made the move to the Welsh Board as they offer a modular style course. WJEC’s A Level specification in Psychology is stimulating, distinctive and attractive, providing plenty of opportunities for the learners to study: a variety of psychological approaches including evolutionary, positive and psychodynamic; significant pieces of research covering a variety of perspectives and topics; the reality of applying psychological information to everyday situations; how psychological data is collected (through own research).

AS Level – Subject Content & Method of Assessment

Unit 1 – Psychology: Past to Present. Five psychological approaches (biological, psychodynamic, behaviourist, cognitive and positive)
Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes. 20% of A Level qualification (50% of AS qualification)

Unit 2 – Psychology: Using Psychological Concepts
Section A – Contemporary debate
Section B – Principles of research and application of research methods
Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes. 20% of A Level qualification (50% of AS qualification)

A2 Level – Subject Content & Method of Assessment

Unit 3 – Psychology: Implications in the Real World
Section A: The study of behaviours
Section B: Controversies
Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes. 40% of A Level qualification

Unit 4 – Psychology: Applied Research Methods
Section A: Personal investigations
Section B: Application of research methods to novel scenarios
Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes. 20% of A Level qualification