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Psychology

AQA Psychology

What is the course about?

Psychology is the scientific study of people: how they think, how they act, react and interact. Psychology is concerned with all aspects of behaviour and the thoughts, feelings and motivations behind it.

The psychology course has been designed to provide a broad introduction to the scope and nature of psychology as a science. The emphasis is on applying knowledge and understanding rather than just acquiring knowledge, thereby developing students’ transferable skills of analysis, evaluation and critical thinking. Further to this, psychology students will also develop strong transferable essay writing skills and skills of statistical analysis.

How will I be assessed?

AS Level

Unit 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology – 1h 30m exam paper (50%) – in this unit you will learn about social influence, memory and attachment.

 

Unit 2: Psychology in Context – 1h 30m exam paper (50%) – in this unit you will learn about approaches in psychology, psychopathology and research methods.

A Level

Unit 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology – 1h 30m exam paper (33.3%) – in this unit you will learn about social influence, memory, attachment and psychopathology.

Unit 2: Psychology in Context – 1h 30m exam paper (33.3%) – in this unit you will learn about approaches in psychology, biopsychology, and research methods.

Unit 3: Issues and Options in Psychology – 2h exam paper (33.3%) – in this unit you will learn about issues and debates in psychology, schizophrenia, eating behaviour and stress.

How will this course help me in the future? 

Psychology provides a useful foundation for any job, as you will always be dealing with people whatever career path you choose to follow.  Studying Psychology will help you to learn to work independently and to conduct scientific investigations. It will also help you to view the world around you from different perspectives, as well as increasing your critical reasoning, interpretation and evaluation skills.

There are many opportunities for individuals with this qualification including a higher education degree or direct employment into teaching, health and social care, youth work, nursing, sports, management, media, public relations, law, criminology or psychiatry.


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Warwickshire
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United Kingdom

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