Psychology

Psychology

A Level

3rd Sep `22

2 Years

Full-time

Attleborough Academy Norfolk

Attleborough Academy  Attleborough Academy is an inclusive, friendly and effective learning community with high aspirations and a reputation for innovation.

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Attleborough Academy 

Attleborough Academy is an inclusive, friendly and effective learning community with high aspirations and a reputation for innovation. Excellent relationships between students and staff are at the heart of the ethos of the Academy and are often commented on by those who come in to visit.

The Sixth Form offers a wide range of Advanced Level courses together with additional entitlement activities. We presently have approximately 120 students and this should rise to over 180 over the next couple of years as we are receiving record numbers of applications year on year.

Attleborough Academy was the first Secondary School in East Anglia to be awarded the prestigious Challenge Award for their educational provision for the most able. 

Attleborough students have the chance to develop a wide range of interests:  we run a number of overseas visits each year (including a Ski Trip, and European tours to Italy, Austria, Germany and beyond); in Year 13 students have the opporunity to be elected to the Presidents Team who represent and help to develop the Sixth Form; the Youth STEM Award is being introduced at Gold Level for those who wish to pursue a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Maths; the Duke of Edinburgh Award is offered via our link with the Norfolk D of E group; and much more besides.

Facilities at this Provider:

With significant investment in Facilities having been made over the past few years and additional investment planned, Sixth Formers now enjoy a facility with four separate rooms with upgraded computers and larger screens to enable them to complete private study. With a new Sixth Form building to be developed in the 2020-21 academic year.

A dedicated Progress Mentor is on hand to support students with study and revision skills, as well as offering careers and applications guidance. 

Students are provided with both Office 365 and Google accounts, which enables them to work in the cloud, and install the Office suite of applications at home for free, on up to five computers or laptops.

For students studying Media, Photography, Drama or Product Design, recent investments in new camera equipment give students access to photographic equipment rarely seen on this scale in an education environment. In Computing; the lab gives students an environment to code, test and develop their own solutions to computing problems.

Type of Provider: School with Sixth Form

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Course details

If you have an interest in explaining behaviours, including your own as well as that of others around you, then Psychology is the course for you!
 
Following the AQA A 7181/7182 speci?cation, you will study a range of universal behaviours and issues that play a prominent role in modern life.

We will discuss how individuals can create social change and in contrast to this, the impact of conformity to rules and social roles.

We will also consider the impact of early life on development and adult life. We will look at the role played by memory in forming personality and life as you understand it to be as well as the limitations of memory and the impact that such limitations can have.

We will also look at the role played by different parts of the brain in creating behavioural patterns and in some cases psychological disorders.

At A level we will look at one disorder, Schizophrenia, in greater depth by assessing differing views on what causes the symptoms and what differing treatments are available to reduce symptoms.

We will research studies that aim to explain how and why relationships form and breakdown.
We will also consider what causes aggressive behaviours and the implications of these suggestions in terms of how best to reduce the problems created by aggressive behaviour.
 
By the end of the course you should have a better idea of what factors lead to the creation of personalities and behaviours, including what factors may have led to the creation of your own behavioural characteristics.  

We will examine and debate differing theories that underpin explanations for all behaviours. You will also learn how a Psychologist completes an investigation and practise small-scale research yourself.

AS Units
Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology: Social Influence, Memory and Attachments.
Paper 2: Psychology in Context: Approaches in Psychology, Psychopathology and Research Methods

A2 Units:
Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology: Social Influence, Memory, Attachments and Psychopathology
Paper 2: Psychology in Context: Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology and Research Methods
Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology: Issues and Debates in Psychology, Relationships, Schizophrenia, Aggression

Assessments:
AS Level Paper 1: 1½ hour written exam – multiple choice, short answer and extended writing
AS Level Paper 2: 1½ hour written exam – multiple choice, short answer and extended writing
A Level Paper 1: 2 hour written exam – multiple choice, short answer and extended writing
A Level Paper 2: 2 hour written exam – multiple choice, short answer and extended writing
A Level Paper 3: 2 hour written exam – multiple choice, short answer and extended writing


Venues

Attleborough Academy, 9 Norwich Road, Attleborough, Norfolk, NR17 2AJ

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Qualification: A Level
Exam Board: AQA
Progression:

Psychology combines well with all subjects, especially English, History, Health and Social Care, Sociology, the Sciences and Mathematics. It provides an excellent background for many degree courses and careers including Social Work, Teaching, Youth and Community work, the Law, the Police and Probation Service. It is also well suited to a wide spectrum of occupations related to health care, including Counselling and Psychiatry. 


Admission details

Age: 16-19

Entry Requirements for this Course:

English Language 4  |  Mathematics 4  |  Science 4-4

Progression into the second year of the course is reliant on students achieving a minimum D grade in the End of Year 1 Exam.

Contact:

  • Andy Cole (Head of Sixth Form)
  • Attleborough Academy Norfolk
  • 01953452335