Psychology (Edexcel)

  • Paper One: Social psychology, Cognitive psychology, Biological psychology, Learning theories
  • Paper Two: Applications of Psychology
  • Paper Three: Psychological Skills

Course aims:

Advanced GCE Psychology aims to give students an insight into how and why people behave in certain ways. It will explain about the links between people’s behaviour and the environment using a number of theoretical approaches. Students will gain grounding in scientific methodology and an understanding of how Psychology can be applied to real life situations. Provide students with a fundamental understanding of theory, concepts and research in Psychology.

The course will introduce students to the different approaches in Psychology and to encourage critical appreciation. It will allow students to develop a capacity for critical thinking and to apply different aspects of the subject and relate them to contemporary issues. Throughout the course, students will create an understanding of the role of Psychology and its scientific nature as well as develop of critical and analytical skills.

Entry requirements:

Students should ideally have a GCSE grade B or above in Mathematics and English. A grade B in GCSE Biology would be useful but is not essential.

Key features:

  • Students study four approaches during Year 12 to gain a foundation in psychology.
  • At A2, students develop their understanding through a choice of applications including criminology, child and clinical psychology.
  • Students develop a holistic understanding of psychology, from considering conflicting and complementary explanations of clinical issues and major debates.
  • A practical focus is embedded into the syllabus including a series of short experiments and tests which allow students to develop an active knowledge of the scientific aspects of psychology.
  • Only students taking the stand-alone AS in Psychology will take the AS examination in Year 12. All other students will take an internal examination.

Higher Education:

Students can follow a degree course in Psychology leading to a career as a qualified Psychologist in several specialist areas including Clinical, Educational and Forensic Psychology. It is also a useful qualification for HE courses such as nursing, human resources, management, teaching and advertising.