A Level Psychology

Edexcel 9PS0

Who should study Psychology?

The course is designed for those who wish to gain an understanding of the relevance of Psychology to everyday life; as well as for those who wish to pursue a career related to Psychology.

The Course

Year 12 Psychology

Students will cover the following content:

  • Social Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Learning Psychology
  • Issues & Debates
  • Data in psychology (descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, using mathematical formulae and equations)

 

Year 13 Psychology

Student will cover the following content:

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Criminal Psychology
  • Psychological Skills (including a review of studies, a review of research methods and issues & debates)
  • Data in psychology (descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, using mathematical formulae and equations)

Assessment 

Students will be assessed by a combination of short questions and essays ranging from 1,2,3,4,5 mark questions (short questions) to 8, 12, 16 & 20 mark essay questions.  Students will need to be prepared to carry out mathematical calculations using formulae in every exam.

Paper 1: Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Biological Psychology, Learning Theories, Issues & Debates

Paper 2: Clinical Psychology & Criminological Psychology

Paper 3:  Review of studies, Review of methods, Issues & Debates

Where it leads 

A qualification in Psychology is particularly useful for jobs involving the leadership of others or the shaping of others’ behaviour e.g. counselling, psychiatry, child therapy, teaching, policing, forensic science, prison service and human resources. 

 

AS Level Psychology: 8PS0

Who should study Psychology AS Level?

This is a one year course designed for those who wish to gain an introductory understanding of the four main theoretical approaches in psychology. 

The Course

Year 12 Psychology

Students will cover the following content:

  • Social Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Biological Psychology
  • Learning Psychology
  • Data in psychology (descriptive statistics, inferential statistics, using mathematical formulae and equations)

Assessment 

Students will be assessed by a combination of short questions and essays ranging from 1,2,3,4,5 mark questions (short questions) to 8 and 12 mark essay questions.  Students will need to be prepared to carry out mathematical calculations using formulae in both exams.

Paper 1: Social Psychology and Cognitive Psychology

Paper 2: Biological Psychology and Learning Theories