Psychology (AQA) (Linear)
Centre requirements and, in addition, at least a grade 5 in GCSE English Language or Literature, at least a grade 5 in Mathematics and at least a grade 4 in GCSE Science.
The Assessment Process
Exam board = AQA
The course is 100% exam based
The A-level qualification consists of three 2 hour exams at the end of 2 years of study
Students will study 12 topics, across two years, for each topic students will complete two, 16 mark, formally assessed pieces of work which receive detailed written feedback. At least one of these two formally assessed pieces of work must be a 16-mark essay question (with the exception of the two research method units which do not have essay questions). All students will also complete two mock exams each year, formal feedback on these exams will be given by allocating at least a lesson to going through the paper with the students. During lessons exam questions using marks schemes and model answers and recap quizzes are examples of where peer and self-assessment can be used.
A level Psychology is the study of the human mind and behaviour. It explores how we think, act, react and interact with others. Psychologists are concerned with all behaviour and what motivates us to act in particular ways. Psychologists do not simply seek to explain behaviour, but use their understanding to bring about positive change. Should you opt to take psychology as an A-Level you will explore a variety of topics looking at different aspects of human behaviour. These topics include social influences, human memory, attachment, psychopathology, psychological research methods, approaches to psychology, biopsychology, cognition and development, eating behaviour, aggression and issues and debates in psychology.
In the Classroom
The delivery of Psychology involves the use of a wide variety of teaching and learning techniques including group discussions/work, independent learning tasks such as conducting pieces of research, the use of different forms of media as well as various forms of assessment and active learning activities to keep the learner engaged.
In the Future
The subject has particular relevance for careers in social services, education, clinical or therapeutic practice, journalism and many aspects of business.
The topics we study are outlined in our curriculum maps: