The syllabus followed and outlined below is OCR. It is a specification, which provides students with the exciting opportunity to gain an understanding of Psychology. From 2015 this course is linear. To achieve the full A level, all exams will be completed in Year 13.
> Component 1 Research Methods
This component introduces and develops a knowledge and understanding of the process of planning, conducting, analysing and reporting psychological research across a range of experimental and non-experimental methodologies.
> Component 2 Psychological themes through core studies
This component focuses on some of the central areas of investigation in Psychology. For each key theme, students are presented with both a classic and contemporary study.
> Component 3 Applied Psychology
Compulsory section on ‘issues in mental health’. Optional units which will be studied are Sport and Exercise Psychology and Criminal Psychology. Methodological issues and debates to run throughout the component include: nature/nurture; freewill/determinism; reductionism/holism; usefulness; ethics.
A minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade 5 and above, (which must include English and Maths)
Component 1 Assessed by 2 hour exam – 30% total qualification
Component 2 Assessed by 2 hour exam – 35% of total qualification
Component 3 Assessed by 2 hour exam – 35% total qualification)
Recommended support materials and revision guides
At the start of each year of the course, students are encouraged to purchase their own textbooks so that they can highlight them. Any study guides purchased, should be recommended by the teacher, as they can be of variable quality and value to the students.
What can I do after I’ve completed the course?
You can apply to further your study of Psychology at degree level, which then can be used to become a Psychologist in fields such as educational or clinical psychology. Many students find it invaluable for careers in caring professions such as teaching, social work, occupational therapy, sports science. You can also apply for a job with training in the public and voluntary sectors.
By studying Psychology you will develop a wide-ranging set of key skills, including being able to communicate effectively using appropriate language, to interpret and critically assess scientific data, and to research and critically evaluate a range of sources.