Psychology

Awarding body: Edexcel

Course content and examination requirements:

Psychology is the scientific study of human mental processes and behaviour. Students will have the opportunity to study

  • classic research and theories that have shaped the discipline
  • the application of this work in the fields of clinical, criminal, and child psychology
  • investigating ongoing contemporary issues and debates that continue to fascinate psychologists

Entry requirements:

Psychology as a subject in its own right is studied at GCSE and A-Level. GCSE Psychology is not an entry requirement but candidates possessing the qualification will be at an advantage.  The subject demands a good command of English and the ability to analyse and to handle and interpret statistical information. Thus, B grades for English, Maths and Double or Triple Science are the minimum required.

Ofqual (the qualifications “watchdog”) have classified the subject as a Science A-Level due to the focus on scientific methodology and the application of mathematics.

Relevance to further studies and careers:

Psychology A level can be useful for students who intend to work with people. Many students who have studied Psychology A-Level have found it useful in work areas such as healthcare (medicine and allied healthcare disciplines such as nursing and physiotherapy), psychotherapy and counselling, banking, management, media, police, social work, teaching, and statistical analysis.

 

Teaching staff / further information: Ms T Baker.

Assessment

Paper 1

Foundations in Psychology

Social, Cognitive, Biological and Learning:

  • Two hour exam
  • Worth 90 marks
  • 35% of qualification

Paper 2

Applications of Psychology

Clinical and Criminological/Child/Health:

  • Two hour exam
  • Worth 90 marks
  • 35% of qualification

Paper 3

Psychological Skills

Methodology, Review of studies, and Issues and Debates*:

  • Two hour exam
  • Worth 80 marks
  • 30% of qualification

NB: Issues and debates are covered at A Level only

Teaching staff / further information: Ms T Baker