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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
  • One-year AQA new specification AS & A2 Psychology
  • Retake classes for new specification 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: Relationships

Memory

Biopsychology

Option 2: Stress

Attachment

Research methods

Option 3: Addiction

Psychopathology

 

Issues and Debates

List of course books:

For AS Level:
​Psychology A Level Year 2: The Complete Companion
Student book : Authors Cara Flanagan, Mike Cardwell
Publisher: Oxford University Press

For A2 Level:
Psychology A Level Year 1 and AS: The Complete Companion  
Student book : Authors Cara Flanagan, Mike Cardwell
Publisher: Oxford University Press

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

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