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Psychology

Qualification - A Level

Exam Board - OCR

 

WHY CHOOSE PSYCHOLOGY?

Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and the mind. It offers a unique educational experience that develops a distinctive and broad set of skills. Our A Level specification provides students with the exciting opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of psychology. Stimulating content is at the heart of this engaging qualification, which will encourage students to think like psychologists. Students will have the opportunity to develop a wide ranging set of key skills, including being able to communicate effectively using appropriate language, to interpret and critically assess scientific data, and to research and critically evaluate a range of sources. The acquisition of such a diverse range of skills will be of great benefit to your students in further education, the workplace and society in general.

 

OVERVIEW OF COURSE

This practical and engaging course has been redeveloped after feedback from teachers and other key stakeholders. The content has been designed to inspire, nurture and develop learners.

 

HOW WILL YOU BE ASSESSED?

1 RESEARCH METHODS (01)

Planning, conducting, analysing and reporting psychological research across a range of experimental and non-experimental methodologies and techniques.

90 marks written paper 2 hours

CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL GRADE: 30%

2 PSYCHOLOGICAL THEMES THROUGH CORE STUDIES

Introduces some of the central areas of investigation in psychology organised in key themes. Each key theme is represented by a classic and a contemporary core study.

105 marks written paper 2 hours

CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL GRADE: 35%

3. APPLIED PSYCHOLOGY

Compulsory section on Issues in mental health. Learners will also study two out of the following applied options: Child psychology, Criminal psychology, Environmental psychology, Sports and exercise psychology.

105 marks written paper 2 hours

CONTRIBUTION TO FINAL GRADE: 35%

 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: A MINIMUM OF FIVE GRADES 4 - 9 AT GCSE, INCLUDING ENGLISH AND MATHS. IN ADDITION A MINIMUM OF GRADES 5,5 IN GCSE SCIENCE