“I love this course. I find it fascinating and very interesting. The material is well presented, easy to follow and thought provoking”
In addition to helping students acquire subject knowledge, the course is designed to:
• Encourage students to engage with the subject by introducing new, contemporary topics
• Make conceptually demanding areas more accessible by setting them in context
• Allow teachers to select a route through optional topics that suits students’ interests
• Allow candidates to demonstrate their ability to utilise scientific methodology in the context of psychology
• Develop candidates critical thinking skills
Candidates develop a broad knowledge, understanding and evaluation of the core areas of Psychology through a range of topics chosen for their accessibility and popularity.
Compulsory Content includes: 5 psychological approaches with 5 classic pieces of research evidence and a contemporary debate.
Compulsory Content 2: To conduct 2 investigations in preparation for C2 exam.
Year 2 – A Level
This specification offers a range of topic based options which bring together explanations from
different psychological approaches and engage students in issues and debates in psychology.
Compulsory subject content:
Option 1 subject content: Stress
Option 2 subject content: Schizophrenia
Option 3 subject content: Criminal Behaviours
Component 1: Psychology: Past to Present; 2hrs 15mins (33.3% of A Level)
Component 2: Psychology: Investigating behaviour; 2hrs 15 mins (33.3% of A Level)
Component 3: Psychology: Implications in the Real World; 2 hrs 15 mins (33.3% of A Level)
Child Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Comparative Psychology, Counselling Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Educational Psychology, Engineering Psychology, Experimental Psychology, Industrial Psychology, School Psychology, Social Psychology
Psychology will enable students to
• Acquire knowledge of psychological processes and structures
• Appreciate theoretical and conceptual issues in psychological debate
• Understand psychological methodology and research methods
• Reflect on their own experience of the social world
• Develop skills which help them to participate in adult life