Psychology

Qualification: 
A Level
Level: 
3

Exam Board: AQA

Duration: 
2 years

 

Course Content:

  • Social Influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology
  • Approaches
  • Biopsychology
  • Forensic psychology
  • Relationship
  • Stress  
  • Research methods 

Psychology is the study of human behaviour and how our biology, mental processes, experiences of the world around us and the actions of others work together to influence our behaviour and who we become.

Assessment:

100% exams 

3 exam papers

Exams contain a mixture of multiple choice, short answers and extended writing.

10% of assessment contains mathematical skills equivalent to Level  2 or above.

Studying at Alton College:

Lessons involve working through topic workbooks, whole class and small group discussion and informal assessment, aided by the use of mini-whiteboards and Kahoot quizzes. Students carry out mini research projects into the topic areas studied. We organise trips and speakers, including a day at Marwell Zoo learning about methods of observing behaviour.

Entry requirements:

Students should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. For GCSEs which remain with the old grading system, a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C.

You should have at least a grade 6 in a GCSE science and a grade 5 in Maths.

Course costs:

Printed workbooks and handouts £25

Textbook optional.  

Optional trips from £15

Psychology works well with:

Biology
Sociology
Philosophy
Business
Maths
PE
Law
English Literature
English Language
Health and Social Care

 What our students say

"Choosing Psychology is one of the best things I have done as it is not only extremely interesting but also will help lead me into a future career as it is seen highly by universities."

Georgie Parrott, previously at Eggar's School

"I find Psychology lessons very engaging and there's a great mix of group/interactive work as well as written theory. The teachers are really enthusiastic about the topics and encourage you to succeed."

Grace Connolly, previously at St Nicholas' School