Exam Board - Pearson Edexcel Psychology A-level (2015) (9PSO)
Year 1 – Foundations in Psychology:
Cognitive psychology – study of mental processes in the brain, specifically memory
Social psychology – study of relationships with each other and society and how it affects behaviour i.e. obedience and prejudice
Biological psychology – study of how brain structure, genes and hormones may influence behaviour
Learning theories – how we learn and perceive information and how this influences behaviour
Year 2 – Applications of Psychology:
Clinical psychology – different explanations for mental health disorders and ways of treating them
Health psychology – how and why people behave in unhealthy ways e.g. drug misuse
Psychological skills – methodological and conceptual issues in Psychology
Methods of Assessment
Psychology students will sit three 2 hour exams at the end of the second year. The first paper (35% of overall grade) will assess Foundations in Psychology in a variety of questioning methods e.g. short answer, long answer and data and response questions. Paper two (35% of overall grade) has the same format but is assessing Applications of Psychology. The final paper (30% of overall grade) brings together both years of study in a Psychological Skills paper.
Psychology is a scientific, academic subject; students will be required to have strong literacy and maths skills, as well as an ability to think critically. The subject of Psychology gives students the opportunity to develop the aforementioned skills to a high level, equipping them well for life beyond The Broxbourne School.