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The A-Level course aims to provide students with a thorough understanding of Psychology. This specification provides a broad and balanced content, with superb progression to higher education.
A Level Psychology
Introductory topics in Psychology (33.3% weighting)
The content of this paper includes topics on social influence, memory, attachment and psychopathology. Students will be assessed in a 2-hour written exam.
Psychology in context (33.3% weighting)
The content of this paper includes topics on approaches in Psychology, biopsychology and research methods. Students will be assessed in a 2-hour written exam.
Issues and options in Psychology (33.3% weighting)
The content of this paper includes topics on issues and debates in Psychology. Students will then study 3 options from; relationships, gender, cognition and development, schizophrenia, eating behaviour, stress, aggression, forensic and addiction. Students will be assessed in a 2-hour written exam.
Links to other subjects
There is significant crossover with other main science subjects, religious studies and P.E
Links to HE courses and beyond
Medicine, law, psychiatry, counselling, business studies, sports science, forensic psychology, health science.
Student views on the course
“This is an extremely interesting A-level subject. I didn’t know what to expect, as I had never studied Psychology before. It has opened up my understanding of how and why humans behave as they do and has taught me to appreciate the complexities of human mind.”
Year 1 trips
The Psychology department runs a one day trip to Nottingham Playhouse where they will learn about Psychology as a science from leading experts in the field of Psychology.
The Psychology department also runs a two day trip to London. This includes a visit to the Freud museum, the science museum, London zoo (including phobia hypnotherapy workshop) and a Jack the Ripper walking tour.
Year 2 trips
The Psychology department runs a one day trip to Sheffield Crown Court where students have a question and answer session with a crown court judge and then watch live court proceedings from the public gallery.
The Psychology department runs a three day trip to Poland. This includes a visit to Auchwitz, which is studied in the topic of social influence.
The Psychology department runs a Psychology film club on Thursday lunchtimes where new and old films related to the psychology specification are watched and discussed.
Mrs Clark (Head of Psychology) and Mrs Downs (Teacher of Psychology) are both experienced examiners for AQA.