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This course involves the scientific study of mind and behaviour, looking at how and why people behave the way they do.

You will learn about the different approaches to psychology and some key research studies, as well as developing the skills required to design a small scale psychological research project.

You will also be encouraged to discuss human behaviour and to evaluate the explanations that have been proposed within psychology.

Assessment

For AS there are two written exams, taken at the end of the academic year. For the linear A Level there are three written exams taken at the end of the second year. There is no assessed coursework, but the course is underpinned by practical research tasks. Research methods are examined in both years.

Entry Requirements

Grade 5 or higher in GCSE English Language and Maths with Grade 5 in GCSE Science is essential. A Science subject is required whether Core, Additional, Biology, Chemistry or Physics. BTEC Science will be accepted as a substitute. You will also need to have a GCSE score of at least 5.50.

Average GCSE Scores

Please note that for some of our courses, we require a minimum average GCSE score.
We use average GCSE scores to ensure our students enrol on courses where they have the greatest opportunity to succeed.

- - 9
A* - 8
A - 7
B - 6
C - 5
D - 4
E - 3
F - 2
G - 1

How to work out your average GCSE Score
To calculate your score, take your best eight GCSE qualifications which must include GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths. To work out each point score, add them all together and then divide the total by eight.

BTEC Firsts, CiDA, DiDA, Functional Skills Level 1/2, GCSE Short Courses, OCR Vocational & ECDL qualifications are not counted towards Average GCSE Scores however we do take them into consideration when assessing overall academic achievement and your suitability for BTEC and other vocational courses. 

There may be other requirements you need to meet, in order to enter EN on the desired programme you wish to study. If at any time you have any questions or queries please e-mail admissions@eastnorfolk.ac.uk. We will be happy to advise you further.

EN reserves the right to change our Entry Requirements to match the needs of our students.

Content

AS (Year 1)

  • Social Influence (Social Psychology)
  • Memory (Cognitive Psychology)
  • Attachment (Developmental Psychology)
  • Approaches in Psychology (Origins of psychology, the basic assumptions of each approach)
  • Psychopathology (Individual Differences; defining and treating abnormality)
  • Research methods.

A-level (Year 2)

In addition to the first year AS topics you will also study; Biological Psychology plus a selection from the following areas of psychology; Relationships, Gender, Cognitive and Developmental, Schizophrenia, Eating Disorders, Stress, Aggression, Forensic, Addiction and Gender.

Outcome/Progression

Apart from an A level, you will take away an insight into human behaviour and how the mind and body interact.

Inspirational Links & Videos

Simply Psychology - www.simplypsychology.org

A-level Psychology - www.alevelpsychology.co.uk

Course Information

Level

A level

Course Work

Exams

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