Psychology

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Assessment

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all the A-level exams at the end of their A-level course.

AS Level
Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology
  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, 72 marks in total, 50% of AS level
  • Questions on social influence, memory and attachment
  • Three sections on: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks
Paper 2: Psychology in Context
  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, 72 marks in total, 50% of AS level
  • Questions on approaches in psychology, psychopathology and research methods
  • Three sections on: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks
A2 Level
Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology
  • Written exam: 2 hours, 96 marks in total, 33.3% of A-level
  • Questions on Social influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology
  • Four sections on: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks
Paper 2: Psychology in Context
  • Written exam: 2 hours, 96 marks in total, 33.3% of A-level
  • Questions on Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology and Research methods
  • Three sections on: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks
Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology
  • Written exam: 2 hours, 96 marks in total, 33.3% of A-level
  • Questions on Issues and debates in psychology and options selected
  • Four sections on: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing, 24 marks
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Is There Anything Else I Need To Know?

You must have achieved 5 GCSEs including a grade C or above in English Language, Mathematics and Science in order to study Psychology at this level. As psychology is a science it is essential students have at least a C in Science (or CC if studying double science).

You will have the use of a core text book and departmental booklets. There is also a variety of additional textbooks in the Psychology classrooms.

Though universities ask for high grades for anyone wishing to study Psychology there are lots of options available for Psychology degree graduates, careers can be followed in the following areas:

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Educational Psychology
  • Criminal Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Occupational Psychology
  • Police
  • Social work
  • Teaching
  • Health care
  • Business and many more…

Why study at Weatherhead?

Psychology is an extremely popular subject at A’ Level here and we are one of the biggest subjects at A’ Level in terms of the number of students.

The Psychology department has excellent, subject specialist teachers that are dedicated to the success of the students.

Students enjoy their psychology course which is evident from student voice; including the engaging and creative lessons.

What is Psychology?

Psychology is the study of the mind and behaviour. Research in psychology seeks to understand and explain thought, emotion and behaviour. Applications of psychology include mental health treatment, forensics and other areas affecting health and daily life. It is difficult to capture everything that psychology encompasses in just a brief definition, but topics such as development, personality, thoughts, feelings, emotions, motivations, and social behaviours represent just a portion of what psychology seeks to understand and explain.

Miss Borgers

Head of Psychology