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Psychology

The Curriculum Leader may be contacted via email enquiries@copthall.barnet.sch.uk

Aim of course

The aim of this course is to develop essential knowledge and understanding of core concepts within Psychology and how they relate to each other, to facilitate the scientific understanding of the human mind and behaviour in order to recognise why individuals think, feel, and act the way they do. The course focuses on how Psychology is used in the real world by uncovering existing research and considering the development of new research, to assess how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy, society and the quality of lives. The course enhances competence and confidence in critical thinking skills so students can challenge common sense, personal opinions and apply knowledge to new theoretical or practical contexts. Such skills are used to ensure a deep appreciation of the scientific methods used with Psychology whilst facilitating students’ ability to analyse, interpret and evaluate scientific information, theories and evidence.

Exam board: AQA Specification number: 7181/2

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The AS syllabus is mainly assessed through short questions and has one or two longer questions within each examination. The A2 syllabus goes into more depth and is predominantly examined through essay writing. The emphasis is on the development of an argument and linking the topic under discussion with broader psychological issues and debates. The new A-level syllabus places greater emphasis on statistical analysis. 

Entry Requirements & General Advice

It is essential that students following A-level Psychology at least 5 A*-C Grades at GCSE and it is highly recommended that they have English, Maths and Science GCSE at a grade 6. Psychology is a desirable A-level for students wishing to enter the Public Sector in fields such as Educational Psychologist and Counselling. In addition the subject is useful in the Private Sector in areas such as Human Resource Management, Marketing & Advertising

Useful Links

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/psychology/as-and-a-level http://www.gerardkeegan.co.uk/resource/keystudies.htm https://www.tutor2u.net/psychology/collections
https://www.ted.com/talks?topics%5B%5D=psychology
https://www.verywell.com/psychology-4014660
http://www.simplypsychology.org/

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