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

AS Level – Subject Content & Method of Assessment

Paper 1:
Overview of content
• Topic 1: Social psychology
• Topic 2: Cognitive psychology
Overview of assessment
• Students must answer all questions from three sections.
• The assessment is 1 hour 30 minutes.
• The assessment consists of 70 marks
Paper 2:
Overview of content
• Topic 3: Biological psychology
• Topic 4: Learning theories
Overview of assessment
• Students must answer all questions from three sections.
• The assessment is 1 hour 30 minutes.
• The assessment consists of 70 marks

N.B.

–  AS will be a separate, linear qualification so an AS grade will not contribute to an overall A level grade. –  The content of the AS will be delivered as a subset of the A level. This is to enable the co-teaching of the AS and A level qualifications.

–  The assessment of quantitative skills in Psychology will include mathematical skills at level 2 or above as a minimum of 10% of the overall AS or A level marks.

A’Level – Subject Content & Method of Assessment

Paper 1:Foundations in Psychology

Overview of content

Topic 1: Social psychology
Topic 2: Cognitive psychology
Topic 3: Biological psychology
Topic 4: Learning theories

Overview of assessment

• Students must answer all questions from five sections.
• The assessment is 2 hours long.
• The assessment consists of 90 marks
Paper 2:Applications of Psychology

Overview of content

Topic 5: Clinical psychology
Topic 7: Child psychology


Overview of assessment
• The paper is composed of two sections. Students must answer all questions
• The assessment is 2 hours long.
• The assessment consists of 90 marks
Paper 3: Psychological Skills


Overview of content

Topic 9: Psychological skills:
- Methods
- Synoptic review of studies
- Issues and debates.

Overview of assessment
• Written examination.
• Students must answer all questions from three sections.
• The assessment is 2 hours long.
• The assessment consists of 80 marks