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Course specifics

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades 4 or above (including English Language). Level 2 vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC/OCR) must be a merit grade or above and only one will count as one GCSE equivalent.
  • GCSE Mathematics at 4 or above
  • GCSE Double Science at grade 4:4 minimum or Merit in BTEC Double Science

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Exam board: AQA

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This very popular and highly considered course is for people who want to explore and evaluate a wide range of human behaviours from a variety of different, and often conflicting, perspectives.

Jayme Sims

Jayme Sims

Whilst we do not teach you how to read people’s minds, the course will challenge you and help you to develop a better understanding of yourself and those around you.

You will be required to learn a number of detailed psychological studies and to develop a strong critical awareness of the research methods used. Other key concepts we engage with include ethics, gender bias and the question of free will. This is a scientific course and it is an excellent way to develop your powers of analysis and evaluation of what may first appear to be common sense assumptions.

The A-level course at St Brendan’s follows the AQA specification, designed to get students to engage with psychology in an analytical and critical manner.  Students will learn about research methods throughout and will undertake a number of small scale studies.

Year 1: Introducing Psychology as an academic discipline, exploring areas  ranging from memory to obedience. There is a strong emphasis on application and the use of research methods.

Year 2: Applying psychological theory to explain topics such as schizophrenia and gender development.  We will also look at the applied field of forensic psychology and discuss current issues and debates including: freewill and determinism.

Paper 1

Introductory topics in Psychology

Paper 2

Psychology in context

Paper 3

Issues and options in Psychology

Content

Social influence, Memory, Attachment and Psychopathology.

Approaches in Psychology,  Psychopathology and Research Methods

Gender, Schizophrenia and Forensics.

Issues and debates in Psychology

Exam

2 hours

2 hours

2 hours

Weighting

33.3% of 2nd Year

33.3% of 2nd Year

33.3% of 2nd Year

Breakdown

Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks

Section B: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, (24)

Section C: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, (24)

Section D: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, (24)

Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, (24)

Section B: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, (24)

Section C: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, (24)

Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, (24)

Section B: 1 topic from option 1, multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, (24)

SectionC: 1 topic from option 2, multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, (24)

Section D: 1 topic from option 3, multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, (24)

Meet the Psychology teachers and students

Methods of Teaching and Learning

The courses are taught by specialist, experienced teachers. Students will learn through a variety of methods including whole-class lessons, group work and individual work, and A-level students will have the opportunity to carry out a number of set pieces of psychological research. Active learning is often utilised and students will be expected to carry out independent reading and note-taking as part of their extension work. There will be regular interim tests of understanding of the subject content.

Methods of Assessment

The course is 100% exam based. 

Resources

A variety of textbooks, primary texts, journals, video clips and internet based resources are used within the classroom and most resources are also available on the college’s virtual learning environment (Moodle). The learning resource centre provides a range of resources which students are encouraged to use throughout.

Progression

The skills and knowledge acquired through studying Psychology provide a strong basis for University aspiring students. It is also a suitable course for those who wish to pursue immediate employment. The course provides a useful background for nursing, human resources  and teaching. Some students follow through their interest and work in applied areas of psychology: forensic psychology, criminology, counselling, educational pschology, support within health areas, and sport and exercise psychology. Others use skills learnt about human behaviour to progress into relevant disciplines with business, marketing or training.

Enrichment

Students are offered multiple trips in Psychology. A recent trip to the University of Bath gave students insight into life at a top University and what studying Psychology at HE is really like.

Students have also attended conferences linked with the syllabus, like a recent conference on criminology.

In Year 1 we run a trip to the Zoo, where the focus is on animal observation and research methods.

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