Component 1 – Psychology: Past to Present
Students will be asked to explore contemporary debates using their knowledge and understanding of the five approaches (biological, psychodynamic, behaviourist, cognitive and positive).
Component 2 – Psychology: Investigating Behaviour
The central aspect for this component is that of psychological research, from the initial planning stages through to analysing and evaluating.
Component 3 – Psychology: Real World Applications
Having learnt about the psychological approaches in Component 1, students are expected to apply this knowledge and understanding to human/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.
Through discussion, group work, individual work, presentations, written projects, essay writing and conducting research.
Students should have at least GCSE level 5s in English, Maths and Science.
This specification provides a suitable foundation for the study of psychology or a related area through a range of higher education courses, progression to the next level of vocational qualifications or employment. In addition, the specification provides a coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study for learners who do not progress to further study in this subject.
Students studying psychology can move successfully on to courses in psychology, sociology, criminology, law and police studies, social work, teaching and human resources and many others. These can be studied via the usual apprenticeship or university route.