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Examination Board: Edexcel


Course Tutors: Mrs G Kingsley, Miss R Kellow, Mrs S Good,

Mrs Banks, Mrs C Senn

Costs: None

AS Level

Course outline:  Psychology is introduced through a consideration of four topics in Psychology:

  • Social Psychology (obedience and prejudice)

  • Cognitive Psychology (memory)

  • Biological Psychology (aggression and  brain functioning)

  • Learning theories (conditioning, learning from others and phobias)

Students are advised that the new AS Psychology course involves a significant amount of statistical analysis and they will be required to analyse data in the examination.

AS Contents

Paper 1: Social and Cognitive Psychology (worth 50% of the AS level)

Candidates learn about classic theories and studies in these two areas of psychology. They will also study how psychologists use surveys and experiments in research. Candidates work in groups to conduct two investigations, analyse the data and report their findings.

Assessment: 1 hour 30 minutes examination (summer)

Paper 2: Biological Psychology and Learning Theories (worth 50% of the AS level)

Candidates study classic theories and research into biological psychodynamic and learning psychology and how these relate to aggression and phobias. Candidates also learn how psychologists use research methods such as case studies, observation and correlation to gather data. Candidates will carry out three investigations using statistical tests to analyse their data.

Assessment: 1 Hour 30 minutes examination (summer)

Students can opt to sit the AS examinations in June 2016. If they want to carry on into A2 Psychology they will however, be examined again on the AS content in June 2017.

A2 Level

Paper 1: Foundations of Psychology (worth 35% of the A level)

Candidates are examined on the AS content: Social, Cognitive, Biological and Learning.

Assessment:  2 hour examination (summer)

Paper 2: Applications of Psychology (worth 35% of the A level)

students have the opportunity to study two areas of applied psychology:

-  Criminological Psychology

-  Clinical Psychology

Assessment: 2 hour examination (summer)

Paper 3: Psychological Skills (worth 30% of the A level)

This section of the course reviews issues and debates in Psychology which have been covered throughout the course. there will also be questions on the methodology of research studies and a review of key pieces of research taught in the other two papers.

Assessment: 2 hour examination (summer)

Teaching and Learning Styles:  A wide variety of styles are employed, encouraging the active participation of students. Discussion, student presentations, research activities, tests, quizzes and games are among the learning experiences.  Peer learning and peer assessment are integral to the delivery of the course.

Students considering taking Psychology should have very good numeracy skills and be comfortable with thinking in a scientific way, since the subject is grounded in research.  They must also be able to analyse and evaluate information rather than accepting it at face value.

International Baccalaureate Group 3: Individuals and Societies

Psychology HL & SL

Psychology can be defined as the scientific study of the behaviour, thoughts and feelings of humans and non-human animals.

Like all sciences psychology has the overall aim of improving the world that we live in and experience. Psychology is gaining an understanding of factors that impact on behaviour and will give an understanding useful for individuals trying to live fulfilling lives, and will be increasingly important in society. It has been a huge growth area in education because people need this knowledge and psychology plays a key role in many careers.  

The IB psychology course aims to develop an awareness of how research findings can be applied to better understand human behaviour and how ethical practices are upheld in psychological inquiry. Students learn to understand the biological, cognitive and sociocultural influences on human behaviour and explore alternative explanations of behaviour. They also understand and use diverse methods of psychological inquiry.

Core Curriculum

All students study the biological, cognitive and sociocultural levels of analysis, and at Higher Level course also includes qualitative research in psychology.  The course also includes several optional topics, such as abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, health psychology, psychology of human relationships and sport psychology.

The final part of the course is an experimental study; this is an enjoyable and stimulating piece of work which requires the student to choose a topic of interest, develop their aim and materials and then collect data which is displayed and discussed.  A professional report in the style of psychology journals is produced.


External Higher Level: 3 written exams worth 80% of the overall marks.

Standard Level: 2 written exams worth 75% of the overall marks.

Internal This is the report of the student’s experimental study.   At Higher Level it is worth 20%, whilst at Standard Level it is worth 25%.  

Students make their own brains! Then perform surgery. 



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