Psychology

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Psychology

On this popular course, students will be covering key areas in Psychology and gaining an understanding of how Psychology is applied in everyday life. This qualification offers an engaging and effective introduction to Psychology. 

Examination Board AQA

Specification Number 7182

Sixth Form > Our Pathways

Psychology

On this popular course, students will be covering key areas in Psychology and gaining an understanding of how Psychology is applied in everyday life. This qualification offers an engaging and effective introduction to Psychology. 

Examination Board AQA

Specification Number 7182

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  • Course Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Assessment Information
  • Progression Route
  • How do I prepare?

Course Overview

On this popular course students will be covering key areas in Psychology and gaining an understanding of how Psychology is applied in everyday life. This qualification offers an engaging and effective introduction to Psychology. Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by Higher Education (HE) and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research. It offers insight into both normal and abnormal behaviours and helps us to develop a greater understanding of behaviours in our society. It is a step up from GCSE Psychology studying topics in greater depth and adding greater theoretical knowledge. However, you can study A level if you have not completed the GCSE course.

 

Topics Covered
  • Social Influence 
  • Memory and Attachment
  • Issues and Options in Psychology
  • Research Methods
  • Issues and Debates

 

Course Leader of Psychology

Miss Shaw

Entry Requirements

Sixth Form Entry Criteria: 

A minimum of 5 9-5 GCSE grades, which must include a grade 5 or above in either English Language or English Literature. 

 
Special Entry Requirements:
  • GCSE Maths 5+
  • GCSE Psychology 5+ (if studied) 

 

Students must be prepared to work long hours outside lesson time to regularly review the topics covered.

Assessment Information

Paper 1: Introductory topics in Psychology
For this unit you will study:  Social influence, Memory and Attachment.

 

Paper 2: Psychology in Context
For this unit you will study: approaches in Psychology, Psychopathology and Research Methods.

 

Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology
For this unit, you will study: Issues and Debates in Psychology, Relationships, Eating behaviour and Aggression.

 

Assessment Topic Area Duration Value
Paper 1Introductory topics in Psychology1 hour 30 minutes written exam33.3%
Paper 2Psychology in Context2 hour written exam33.3%
Paper 3Issues and Options in Psychology2 hour written exam33.3%

Progression Route

This subject opens the door to a wide range of opportunities in Psychology such as: Counselling, Clinical Psychology, Sports Psychology, Educational Psychology, Social work and Criminal Psychology.

How do I prepare? 

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Course Leader of Psychology
Miss Shaw Lucy.shaw@woodgreenacademy.co.uk