Psychology A Level

Science and Mathematics

Science and Mathematics
Science and Mathematics
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What will you be working towards?

Code PY_Eduqas
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

Psychology is a popular subject choice and involves an exploration of the human mind and behaviour, for example mental disorders, criminal behaviour and addiction. We are interested in why human beings behave the way they do, and the link between the brain and behaviour.

There are a range of perspectives regarding how human behaviour is explained; including the biological approach that states that we are determined by our genetics and inherited traits, which we have from birth. For instance, they would explain aggression in terms of hormones or “the warrior gene” (a gene that predisposes an individual to be aggressive, if it is activated).

We encourage students to have an open mind when studying Psychology due to the sensitive nature of some of the topics, and to motivate them to look at behaviour from a variety of viewpoints. Psychology is a scientific subject, so students are also encouraged to develop their skills in this area by completing two personal investigations at the end of Year 12 and carrying  out wider reading of scientific journal articles. 



Details

Critical thinking, analytical skills, forming an effective argument and essay writing.  You will learn about: 
 
• Past to Present - The study of five approaches to psychology and how they explain human behaviour:  Biological, psychodynamic, behaviourist, cognitive and positive. Each approach also has a therapy e.g. drug therapy, dream analysis or aversion therapy, a piece of research and a debate e.g. whether conditioning techniques should be used on  children.  In your exam you will answer questions on the various different approaches. 

• Investigating Behaviour – Research methods in Psychology and two key pieces of research – Milgram (1963) and  Kohlberg (1968). You will also have the chance to carry out your own piece of research (with guidance from the department). In the exam you are required to answer questions on the two key studies and the way psychological research is  carried out, as well as your own two investigations. 

• Implications in the Real World - This unit involves applying your knowledge of the first year to studying three specific behaviours; their characteristics, therapy and how psychologists explain them. The three behaviours are criminal  behaviours, schizophrenia and addictive behaviours. 

How will it be delivered?

Paper 1 – Psychology: Past to Present; 2 ¼ hour written exam

Paper 2 – Psychology: Investigating behaviour; 2 ¼ hour written exam

Paper 3 – Psychology: Implications in the real world; 2 ¼ hour written exam

Entry requirements

2 Year Course - Normally 5 GCSE grades in the range of 9-4, including Mathematics, English, Science at a minimum Grade 4.   

Prospective students must be willing to undertake reading & research in their own time.  In addition, students will need to develop their essay writing skills and will regularly complete extended writing tasks in exam conditions. 


 

Your next steps...

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. With further training, you could go into a job related to Psychology and people such as a Counsellor, Nurse or Psychologist. 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. You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as a science or one of the humanities to prepare for higher education in Psychology or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Psychology and people such as a Counsellor, Nurse or Psychologist. You could also specialise in a particular area of Psychology such as education or mental health depending on the area that interests you. You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as a science or one of the humanities to prepare for higher education in Psychology or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Psychology and people such as a Counsellor, Nurse or Psychologist. You could also specialise in a particular area of Psychology such as education or mental health depending on the area that interests you.