Key Stage 5

Year 12 & 13: (Sixth Form)

EXAMINATION BOARD
AQA

WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THIS SUBJECT?
Psychology provides an insight into human behaviour and the reasons why we act in the way that we do. It enables us to understand what controls our behaviour and how our life experiences can shape our adult personalities. It is a fabulous course for any student who is considering a career that involves working with people as well as providing opportunities to go on to study at university and ultimately pursue careers such as counselling, social work, health care careers, psychologists, criminal profiling to name a few! Whatever your vision, an A level in Psychology is a valuable first step in achieving your ambition.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
• Grade 4 or above in GCSE English, Maths and Science.

YOU WILL STUDY
Year 12
• Social influence
• Memory
• Attachment
• Psychopathology
• Approaches in Psychology
• Biopsychology
• Research methods
• Cognitive Psychology
Year 13
• Issues and debates in Psychology
• Relationships
• Schizophrenia
• Aggression

YOU WILL LEARN
• How human behaviour is influenced by a variety of wide ranging factors.
• How psychologists study behaviour.
• How to conduct your own investigations into behaviour.
• Critical evaluation skills.

ASSESSMENT DETAILS
There are three exams, taken at the end of Year 13
• Paper 1: Introductory topics in psychology: 2 hours, 33.3% of the final grade.
• Paper 2: Psychology in context: 2 hours, 33.3% of the final grade.
• Paper 3: Issues and options in psychology: 2 hours, 33.3% of the final grade.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
• You will need two study folders and twelve divider cards.
• You will be provided with a core text book but advised to purchase additional text books/revision guides.

CAREERS AND UNIVERSITY PATHWAYS
Studying Psychology is useful in a wide variety of pathways including: Teaching, Medicine, Marketing, Management, PR, the Armed Forces, Policing and Social Work. If you choose to specialise in Psychology there is also a wide variety of careers to choose from including Clinical Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Neuropsychology, Sports Psychology, and Counselling.