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Psychology A-level

Psychology is a science based subject which can lead to many different career paths from Marketing to Cognitive Neuroscience. You will develop high level analytical and evaluation skills as well as learning a little of the science behind behaviour.

What do I learn?
You will be following the new AQA specification:

First year
• Introductory Topics in Psychology: Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Social Psychology.
• Psychology in Context: Approaches to Psychology, Psychopathology and Research Methods.

Second year
•Issues in Psychology and Options: Biopsychology, Research Methods and Issues and Debates in Psychology
•Issues in Psychology and Options: Relationships, Aggression and Schizophrenia
What do I gain?
You will develop the skills necessary for further academic study, such as strong report writing, essay writing and study skills, including presentation skills.

You will also improve the wider skills vital for success in further study or employment, including self-confidence, speaking in front of others, working with others, taking responsibility and managing your time. By the end of the course you will have benefited from individual support, including clear advice about Higher Education and careers.
What do I need?
Six C grades at GCSE including grade 5 in English and Maths.

For this subject it is preferable to have at least one GCSE Science grade B.
What do I gain?
With 3 A Levels the possibilities are endless. You can progress to higher education to study a variety of different subjects at Degree level. A Levels also offer a high standard of education which many employers require as part of their entry criteria onto training programmes. An A Level in Psychology will allow you access to university to study a BSc in Psychology or a range of analytical subjects including Marketing and Business. You may then progress onto further study in specific fields of Psychology such as Clinical or Forensic Psychology which will result in you becoming a Chartered Psychologist. A Psychology degree can also lead directly to the workplace including entry to graduate recruitment programmes.
What else do I need to know?
Core Text Book: The Complete Companion for AQA Psychology: AS and Year 1 (Fourth Edition) Folens. Pens, A4 Folder and A4 lined paper

Formal assessment is through examinations. The examination periods are in May/June. All students will sit the AS exam at the end of Year 1, then the A-Level exam will be at the end of Year 2 and this will assess all content from the 2-year course. There will be a range of regular assignments, essays and class based assessments to help you develop your study skills for the next educational step. Individual learning targets are set each term and you will receive regular feedback on your progress in meeting these targets.
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