About this course
The Psychology A2 programme follows on from AS Psychology and should be taken in conjunction with two or three other subjects and the Welsh Baccalaureate.
Based at our City Centre campus in Cardiff, learners may be able to take this qualification as a part-time student.
What you will study
A2 Psychology covers two modules: Implications in the Real World and Applied Research Methods.
Unit 3: Psychology: Implications in the Real World
Written examination: 2 hours 30 minutes
40% of A-Level qualification
Having learnt about the various psychological approaches in Unit 1, learners are expected to apply this knowledge and understanding to human and animal behaviours. Students should be able to explain and draw conclusions about the possible causes of these behaviours and understand that psychology has the potential to impact on society as a whole by developing methods of modifying behaviour. In addition, pupils should explore five controversies that continue to pose challenges for psychology. These controversies can be considered synoptically and draw on the content from the whole of the specification.
Unit 4: Psychology: Applied Research Methods
Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes
20% of A-Level qualification
It is necessary for learners to know and understand the methodologies used in psychology and to be able to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of them. To ensure true appreciation of these methodologies, the students are expected to gain first-hand experience of two research methods. Pupils will be required to respond to questions concerning these investigations in the assessment. The second aspect of this component is for learners to apply their knowledge and understanding of research methods to novel research scenarios, making judgements on the details of psychological research.
Successful completion of AS programme including satisfactory attendance and tutor recommendation.
Teaching and assessment
Two written exams
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Career prospects & further study
On completion of the A Level programme, the majority of our students progress onto universities across the country and beyond. Based on this course, there are many options but below are just a few examples of degree programmes you could go on to study at University:
- Environmental Science
- Forensic Science
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