A Level Psychology

Please note: students in Year 12 (September 2015) are now following the new specification as outlined below and Year 13 (September 2015) will be following the legacy course outlined underneath

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:

  1. Social Psychology
  2. Cognitive Psychology
  3. Biological Psychology
  4. Learning Psychology

Year 13 Psychology

Student will cover the following content:

  1. Clinical Psychology
  2. Criminal Psychology or Child Psychology
  3. Psychological Skills

Assessment 

Students will be assessed by a combination of short questions and essays.

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. 

Please note: The following course is for current (September 2015) Year 13 students only

Edexcel (AS: 8PS01, A2: 9PS01) 

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

Psychology involves the study of the human mind and behaviour.

AS Psychology

Unit 1 Social and Cognitive Psychology (6PS01)

Unit 2 Understanding the Individual (6PS02)

The AS course provides an overview of the major influences on human behaviour; social, cognitive, emotional and biological influences. In studying these areas, students will examine psychological theories and research and appreciate the link between psychology and science. 

A2 Psychology

Unit 3 Applications of Psychology (6PS03)

Unit 4 How Psychology Works (6PS04)

The A2 course focuses upon the application of psychological theories and research to the real world. Two of the following four areas are studied: criminal, child, sports and health psychology. The unit also allows for debates between approaches within contemporary psychology.

Assessment

All units in AS/A2 Psychology are assessed via a written examination. There is no coursework.

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.