The AS Level / A Level Psychology is a Full-time Further Education course in the Sixth Form Academy (SFA), designed for students who are interested in the field of psychology and becoming a psychologist.
If you have ever wondered ‘Why do we forget?’ or ‘Why are some people more aggressive than others?’ or ‘How does our brain work?’ then you have asked some of the questions that psychologists ask. Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. Psychologists attempt to describe how people behave and explain why. To do this course you need to enjoy reading and critical thinking. Studying this subject enables you to think about the explanations that psychologists have put forward to explain certain behaviours. You will consider the criticisms of this research and how thinking has changed over time. Some of the topics covered in this course may raise issues that could become personally distressing to some individuals, e.g. explanations of eating disorders; treatment of mental disorders; and the use of animals in experiments. If you think you will be affected, we advise you to take this into consideration before choosing to study this course.
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A minimum of six GCSEs at Grade C or above including Mathematics at Grade C, English Language at Grade B and Double or Triple Science at Grade C. No prior knowledge of the subject is required.
Not only will Psychology give you a deeper understanding of human behaviour, it will also develop your oral and written communication skills within research, study and revision. All universities accept A/AS Psychology and past students have gone on to a wide range of courses and careers, e.g. Psychology degrees, teaching, sport and business. In addition, students offering A Level Psychology have also been accepted for degree courses in law, criminology, counselling, veterinary science, biological and environmental sciences.
Our students tell us that they enjoy the practical investigations, e.g. memory experiments and the discussions that arise out of the topics. The difficult part is keeping good notes that allows you to fully understand the topics and have reliable material to revise from. Psychology is about people but the syllabus is designed to give a broad theoretical understanding that enables students to fully appreciate the complexity of the human mind and behaviour. It is very enjoyable but not an easy option.
AS Psychology Modules.
Unit 1: Past to Present. Written examination - 1 hour 30 minutes, 20% of qualification. Compulsory questions relating to five psychological approaches, therapies and classic pieces of research evidence.
Unit 2: Using Psychological Concepts. Written examination - 1 hour 30 minutes, 20% of qualification. Contemporary debate, Principles of research, Application of research to novel scenario. A2 Psychology Modules.
Unit 3: Implications in the Real World. Written examination - 2 hours 30 minutes, 40% of qualification. The Study of Behaviours, Controversies.
Unit 4: Applied Research Methods. Written examination - 1 hour 30 minutes, 20% of qualification. Personal Investigation, Novel Scenarios.
Unit 1: Past to Present. Written examination - 1 hour 30 minutes, 20% of qualification.
Unit 2: Using Psychological Concepts. Written examination - 1 hour 30 minutes, 20% of qualification.
Unit 3: Implications in the Real World. Written examination - 2 hours 30 minutes, 40% of qualification.
Unit 4: Applied Research Methods. Written examination - 1 hour 30 minutes, 20% of qualification.
There will be additional course-related costs.