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Having taken into consideration the recent changes in A-level Psychology as well as students’ needs, preferences and requests, Collingham College offers the following A-level courses in Psychology:

  • New AQA AS & A-level courses
  • AQA legacy A2 Psychology
  • One-year AQA legacy AS & A2 Psychology
  • Retake classes for AQA legacy AS & A2 Psychology

For students who start the NEW AQA AS Psychology leading to AQA A-level Psychology in September, students will be taught the AS year (Year 1). At the end of the AS course, they will sit the AS examination. Then they can choose: either to stop and gain an AS qualification from sitting two papers or; continue with the A-level course of study (Year 2).

Exams

To gain an AS qualification they need to sit Paper 1 and 2 at the end of the Year 1.

To gain the A-level qualification they will need to sit the 3 papers which constitute the A-level qualification at the end of their second year: Paper 1 and 2 (same as AS) and Paper 3. This means that students would sit five exams in total within 2 years.

Caution! With the linear process there is no ‘cashing in’ of grades. Students taking an AS examination will get an AS grade and qualification. Even if they subsequently decide to take the A-level exam and do not do well they will retain their AS grade because it is a standalone qualification.

Assessments and Certifications:

Assessments and certification for the AS specification are available for the first time in May/June 2016 and then every May/June for the life of the specification.

Assessments and certification for the A-level specification are available for the first time in May/June 2017 and then every May/June for the life of the specification.

Retakes:

To obtain an AS or A-level qualification students must sit all of the papers that comprise that qualification. Should they be unhappy with their AS or A-level grade they may re-enter the following series but will be required to take Paper 1 and 2 for AS and Papers, 1, 2 and 3 for an A-level qualification. They cannot re-enter one paper in isolation.

The New AS content includes:

Paper 1: Introductory topics in Psychology

Paper 2: Psychology in context

Social influence

Approaches and Biopsychology

Memory

Psychopathology

Attachment

Research methods

The New A-level content includes:

Paper 1: Introductory topics in Psychology

Paper 2: Psychology in context

Paper 3: Issues and options in psychology

Social influence

Approaches

Option 1: Gender

Memory

Biopsychology

Option 2: Schizophrenia

Attachment

Research methods

Option 3: Addiction

Psychopathology

 

Issues and Debates

B. For students who have completed the AQA legacy AS Psychology by September 2015, we offer the AQA legacy A2 syllabus. The A2 level syllabus includes:

Unit 3 Child Development and Applied Options

Unit 4 Approaches, Debates and Methods in Psychology

Moral development

Approaches

Mood disorders and schizophrenia

Debates

Substance abuse, treatment and prevention

Research methods

For students who would like to take an one-year course, the syllabuses include:

The AS consists of two exam units:

Unit 1 Introducing Psychology

Unit 2 Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology Psychology & Individual Differences

Key approaches and Biopsychology           

Social influence

Gender development

Remembering and forgetting

Research methods

Anxiety disorders

A further two units at A2 level complete the A level:

Unit 3 Child Development and Applied Options

Unit 4 Approaches, Debates and Methods in Psychology

Moral development

Approaches

Mood disorders and schizophrenia

Debates

Substance abuse, treatment and prevention

Research methods

List of course books:

For (A) New AS Level: AQA A-Level Psychology Book 1; Author: Jean-Marc Lawton, Eleanor Willard, Julia Willerton; Publisher: Hodder Education (black with a Venetian mask on the cover)

For (B) AQA legacy A2 syllabus: Psychology B A2; Author Mark Billingham, Kevin Brewer, Sarah Ladbrook, David Messer, Howard Padley, Sue Standring, Regina Teahan; Publisher: Nelson Thornes Limited/ Oxford (a pair of African-American male twins on the cover)

For (C) AQA legacy AS-A2 syllabus: BOTH (1) Psychology B AS; Author: Mark Billingham, Regina Teahan, Sarah Ladbrook, Sue Standring, Publisher: Nelson Thornes Ltd/ Oxford (face puzzle on the cover) AND (2) Psychology B A2; Author Mark Billingham, Kevin Brewer, Sarah Ladbrook, David Messer, Howard Padley, Sue Standring, Regina Teahan; Publisher: Nelson Thornes Limited/ Oxford (a pair of African-American male twins on the cover)

Note: Students are expected to have their books by the end of the first week.

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