Psychology A-Level Part 1

In this course, you’ll deepen your understanding of theories underpinning human behaviour – exploring memory, cognition and mental health. You’ll also develop your analytical and organisational skills, discovering which scientific research methods can be used to collect, process and analyse data.

PET offers A-levels in two parts. Upon completing Part 1, you can choose either to take your AS exam (a qualification marking the first year of a full A-level) or continue on to Part 2 to build up to a full A-level.

The course consists of the following units:

  1. Approaching Psychology (introduction and origins, learning cognitive approaches, the biological approach and biopsychology)
  2. Memory (multi-store model, working memory model, explanations for forgetting, eyewitness testimony)
  3. Social Influence: Conformity and Obedience (resistance to social influence, minority influence and social change)
  4. Developmental Psychology: Attachment (developments, explanations, types, maternal deprivation)
  5. Psychopathology (definitions of abnormality, phobias, depression and OCD, approaches to phobias, depression and OCD)

Research Methods (scientific processes, data analysis and presentation, maths resources)

Entry Requirements: Level 2 English and Maths

Format of Course Materials: Paper-based

Assignments: Seven written assignments. These do not contribute toward the final grade.

Exams: Two, each are 1 hour 30 minutes, and contribute 50% of the overall grade. (Funding not included – you will need to re-apply to PET for the exam fees)

Prison Support Requirements: Support completion and submission of assignments. Organize and facilitate exams.

Tutor Support: Yes

What’s Next? Psychology A-Level Part 2

Find Out More: From NEC here


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