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Level 3 Programme: A Level and BTEC Courses
AS/A Level
The AS course provides a general introduction to Psychology; a recognised science subject. You will develop knowledge, understanding and skills of analysis in relation to a variety of topics commencing with the main psychological approaches to explaining human behaviour. Topics include social in uence, biological psychology, cognitive psychology involving memory, developmental psychology involving caregiver-infant attachments and psychopathology involving the causes and treatments of mental illness. In addition there is a signi cant component on Research Methods covering how psychologists conduct research and analyse data.
The A level course includes the same topics as the AS course but in greater detail due to the greater depth required in assessment. In addition the topics of gender development, aggression, Schizophrenia and current debates within Psychology are covered. There is a signi cant statistical component examining how psychologists conduct research, analyse statistical data and write scienti c reports where a number of statistical tests will be performed. A number of different psychological approaches to explaining behaviour will also be examined, for example the Biological and Psychodynamic approach. Students
who like analysing material and prefer scienti c orientated subjects particularly enjoy and succeed in psychology.
Additional Entry Requirements
To study the AS course a GCSE in Maths, English at grade 4 and Core and Additional Science at grade C. If separate sciences have been studied, two GCSEs at grade C, one preferably in Biology.
AS Psychology: Two 90 minute exams with questions consisting of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing.
A level Psychology: Three 2 hour exams with questions consisting of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing.
AS/A Level
What is Sociology? Sociology applies critical understanding to society. It deconstructs our everyday life, and it examines our taken-for-granted assumptions using contemporary evidence and sociological theory to understand how society works and our role within it.
One year AS Level.
You will study the Sociology of the Family, Education system and Research Methods. The AS consists of two 1.5 hour exams taken at the end of the year. It is possible to then convert onto the full A Level course in the second year if you enjoy the content.
Two year A Level
The two year course covers the same topics in the  rst year. The second year then covers the Sociology of Crime and Deviance and Beliefs in Society, with theory and methods. The A level consists of three 2 hour exams at the end of the second year.
Additional Entry Requirements
Grade 4 or above in English and one other humanities subject.
Written exams.
Further course information can be found at:

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