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Psychology AS/A2 Level
What will you be learning?

Psychology is the investigation of human behaviour and should be studied by those who are fascinated about discovering why people behave as they do. It is a strongly vocational subject.

Various teaching methods are employed, including group presentations, individual study, research and note-making. There will be many opportunities for class discussion as well as assessment based on short answer test questions and longer essay style questions.


Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Research Methods - 1 hour 30 minutes.
Structured compulsory questions, questions include short answer, stimulus material and one 12 mark question requiring extended writing in which QWC will be assessed.
Biological Psychology, Social Psychology and Individual Difference - 1 hour 30 minutes.
Three compulsory structured questions based on each of the three topics. Questions include short answer, stimulus material and one 12 mark question requiring extended writing in which QWC will be assessed.

The full A2 Level qualification is made up of the 3 AS units plus 3 more units studied at a higher level in the Upper Sixth year. Units 4 & 5 depend to some extent on the concepts and experimental skills learnt in the AS course.
Topics in Psychology - 1 hour 30 minutes.
Three essay-style questions chosen from 8 topics:
1. Biological Rhythms and Sleep
2. Relationships
3. Perception
4. Aggression
5. Eating Behaviour
6. Gender
7. Intelligence and Learning
8. Cognition and Development
Psychopathology, Psychology in Action and Research Methods - 2 hours.
Three sections:
Psychopathology – One essay style question chosen from three. QWC will be assessed in this essay.
Psychology in Action – One question chosen from three.
Research Methods – One compulsory structured question.

Enrichment Activities: Pupils will be expected to attend one conference per year in London, which costs about £12 plus travel. ‘Psychology Review’ magazines are optional at a reduced rate subscription for students of approximately £12.

When? Start date: September.
Duration: 2 years.
How is it delivered? Usually as part of a full-time programme.
Availability: Current and continuing.
Time Slot: Daytime.

Who can do it? Age range: 16 - 19.

What will you be working towards?
Qualification: AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in Psychology A (500/2500/4).
Awarding Body: AQA.
Type: A2 Level.
Sector: Science.

Qualification: AQA Level 3 Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Psychology A (500/2499/1).
Awarding Body: AQA.
Type: AS Level.
Sector: Science.

What happens when you have finished?
You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses such as a science or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Psychology, which could lead you onto higher education to study Psychology or more general higher education courses.

There is a wide variety of career options open to the Psychology pupil, such as: education, occupational therapy, forensics, clinical science, child psychology, counselling and research of various kinds.

A Psychology qualification may also be used to access a range of other employment fields such as: management, police, teaching, journalism and media, social work, personnel and human resources.

You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Where Can I Find More Information?
To find out more about this qualification, contact our Admissions Manager at or by phone on 01892 520902, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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