Psychology A Level
Psychology is a popular choice at AS and A2, and lessons take place on both sites of the Hellesdon-Taverham Sixth Form Centre. To join the course, you will need at least a grade C in Science at GCSE. Psychology A level will appeal to those who find people fascinating, have a wide range of interests, exhibit emotional maturity and a willingness to work hard and independently.
What is Psychology?
Psychology is the science of mind and behaviour. You will soon realize that it can be applied to most areas of your life.
What will I study?
During the course you will find the answers to such questions as "Why do I remember some things more than others?", "What is abnormality?", "What influences us?"
- Unit 1 - Memory, Attachment and Research Methods
- Unit 2 - Stress, Conformity, Obedience and Abnormality
- Unit 3 - Topics in Psychology: Relationships, Aggression and Eating Behaviour
- Unit 4 - Schizophrenia, Psychology in Action (Addictive Behaviour) and Research Methods
How will my work be examined?
You will take two exams in May/June, each of which is 1½ hours long. Assessments will examine the degree to which you can demonstrate:
- Knowledge and understanding (A01)
- Analysis, evaluation and application of knowledge (A02)
- Descriptions of ethical, safe and skillful practical techniques, know how to make and record observations and analyse and evaluate the methodologies (A03)
What homework should I be doing?
Homework will be set on a regular basis. You should expect to do a minimum of 3 hours a week. We try to return written work within a week, but much of your work will be self- or peer-assessed.
If work is not handed in, we will complete a ‘Cause for Concern Form’ and Mrs Chinnery and your tutor will be informed. You will be expected to catch up in your own time and hand the work to Mrs Chinnery within 2 working days, unless there are exceptional circumstances. If you wish to continue on the course you must ensure that you keep up with the work.
Work outside lessons is vital. There is no such thing as ‘no homework’! You should:
- Go over the day's lessons, check understanding and ensure you have notes on that topic
- Read the relevant section of the textbook
- Use the library and other resources
- Read relevant articles in newspapers and Psychology Review
- Make additional revision notes as necessary
- Complete the exam questions set for each unit
For internet links, revision and other resources, see Psychology Student Resources on Fronter.