Welcome to Psycology

Psycology is studied at A Level or BTEC

What is Psychology?

Psychology is the scientific study of human mind and behaviour: how we think, feel, act and interact individually and in groups. Psychology is concerned with all aspects of behaviour and the thoughts, feelings and motivations underlying that behaviour. We are all interested in what makes people tick and how this understanding can help solve major problems in society. Psychology is a science and psychologists study human behaviour by observing, measuring and testing, then arriving at conclusions that are rooted in sound scientific methodology.

  • A-Level OCR Psychology

The Psychology A-Level will equip you with the skills and knowledge to decode human behaviour in everyday life.

We study with OCR and this A-Level in Psychology helps students develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of psychology and how they relate to each other. It provides the skills to carry out practical investigations and is bound to stimulate students' curiosity, encouraging them to engage with psychology in their everyday lives.

What does the course lead to?

The Psychology A-Level will open the door for further study at degree level, a range of vocational courses and employment in many different areas. The opportunities in the job market are varied and wide ranging. You could choose to specialise in educational psychology, forensic psychology, sports psychology or counselling. Further study can lead to work in teaching and the skills developed on the course can be transferred to gain employment in healthcare, law and the media.

If you need any further advice or would like to visit the psychology department contact me on: lbutler@jhncc.org or find me in 2W25:2.

 

It is a 100% exam based subject with two AS exams at the end of Year 12 and three A-Level exams at the end of Year 13.

 

 

Content overview

 

Unit 1

Research methods

1.5 hours

75 marks

50% AS level

 

2 hours

90 marks

30% A Level

You will study the four main techniques for collecting and analysing data.

These are:

•       self-report

•       experiment

•       observation

•       correlation

You will also need to be familiar with the following:

•       planning and conducting research

•       data recording, analysis and presentation

•       report writing

•       science in psychology

You will be expected to carry out your own small scale practical activities and will reflect on their experiences.

 

Unit 2

Psychological themes through core studies

1.5 hours

75 marks

50% AS Level

 

Psychological themes through core studies

2 hours

105 marks

35% A Level

You will need to be familiar with the five key themes and the classic and contemporary core study located within each.  You will need to know 10 studies in total.  The themes are:

1.    Responses to people in authority

2.    Memory

3.    External influences on children’s behaviour

4.    Regions of the brain

5.    Understanding disorders

You will also need to be familiar with the following:

•       areas and perspectives in psychology

•       methodological issues relating to the core studies

•       debates in psychology

At A-Level:

You will need to be familiar with the ten key themes and the classic and contemporary core study located within each.  You will need to know 20 studies in total.  You will need to know the five themes from AS plus:

1.    Responses to people in need

2.    Attention

3.    Moral development

4.    Brain plasticity

Measuring differences 

 

Unit 3

Applied psychology

2 hours

105 marks

35% A Level

You will need to be familiar with one compulsory section, Issues in mental health, which provides an introduction to the topic of mental health.

You will also study:

•   Child psychology

•   Criminal psychology

You will also need to understand methodological issues and debates that run throughout the unit:

•   Nature/nurture

•   Freewill/determinism

•   Reductionism/holism

•   Individual/situational explanations

•   Usefulness of research

•   Ethical considerations

•   Conducting socially sensitive research

•   Psychology as a science

 

Useful links and resources:

 

www.quizlet.com - online keyword tester. Just search Psychology and the topic that you want to test yourself on.

www.bbc.co.uk/news  - keep up to date with what's going on in the world so that you can use contemporary examples in your answers.

  • BTEC Applied Psychology

 

Pearson BTEC Level 3

National Extended Certificate in Applied Psychology

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Psychology is equivalent in size to one A Level.  The qualification provides the knowledge, understanding and skills that will prepare you for further study or training. Everyone taking this qualification will study three mandatory units, covering the following content areas: applications of psychological approaches; conducting psychological research; health psychology. The mandatory content allows you to concentrate on the development of your knowledge  and understanding of psychology, as well as the application of skills that are important in psychology, over an extended period. You will choose one optional unit, which has been designed to support progression to more specialist applied psychology courses in higher education and to link with relevant occupational areas, such as: criminal and forensic psychology; principles of children’s psychological development; psychopathology and treatment; applied sport psychology.

Who is this qualification for?

The Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Psychology is intended to be an Applied General qualification for post-16 learners wanting to continue their education through applied learning, and who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment, possibly in the applied psychology sector.

The qualification is equivalent in size to one A Level and it has been designed as one third of a typical study programme, normally alongside  A Levels or other applied general qualifications at Level 3.

What could this qualification lead to?

When combined with other qualifications within a two-year study programme, such as  AS/A Levels or a BTEC National Foundation Diploma or Diploma in a complementary sector,  you can progress to higher education qualifications such as:

  • BSc (Hons) in Occupational Health if taken alongside, for example, a Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Health and Social Care
  • BSc in Education and Child Psychology if taken alongside, for example, a Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Health and Social Care and an A Level in Biology
  • BSc (Hons) in Sport Psychology if taken alongside, for example, a Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science
  • BSc in Forensic and Criminal Psychology if taken alongside, for example, a Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Forensic and Criminal Investigation.

You should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes at specific higher education providers.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Psychology consists of 4 units, of which 3 are mandatory and 2 are external. Mandatory content is 83% of the course and External assessment is 58% of the course. Please see the table below.

The optional unit has been chosen by the teachers running the course based on feedback from the exam board and other teachers on what will achieve the best student outcomes.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Applied Psychology

Unit (number and title)

Unit

size

(GLH)

Mandatory or Optional

Externally or Internally assessed

1 Psychological Approaches and Applications

90

Mandatory

External Exam

2 Conducting Psychological Research 

90

Mandatory

Internal - coursework

3 Health Psychology 

120

Mandatory

External Exam

6 Introduction to Psychopathology

60

Optional

Internal - coursework