Psychology
KEY STAGE 5.
By studying psychology we try to answer questions about human behaviour and the mind. Why do we fall in love with a particular person? Why do some people commit crimes? Why do some people suffer from stress and what are the best treatments for it? Psychology tries to answer these types of questions -that affect all of our lives - by using the scientific method. This means carefully observing human behaviour and conducting research in the laboratory. Sometimes studying animals helps with our understanding too. The information we gather is then used for the good of mankind by helping to improve mental illness, lower the levels of crime and even show a path towards happiness! The field of psychology is vast, interesting and useful. It will be a valuable subject to study whichever path you chose to follow after leaving school.
This specification is divided into a total of 4 units, 2 AS units and 2 A2 units.

AS Course (2 Units):
Unit 1– Psychology: Past to Present: Compulsory questions relating to five psychological approaches, therapies and classic pieces of research evidence.
Written Examination - 1hr 30mins - 20%
Unit 2 - Psychology: Exploring Behaviour: 
Theory of Research (Compulsory questions on the theory of psychological research), Personal Investigation (One compulsory question based on an investigative activity carried out prior to the assessment) and Contemporary Debate (One question from a choice of two linked to the given debates).
Written Examination - 1hr 30mins - 20%
A2 Course (Above plus a further 2 units):
Unit 3 –Psychology: Implications in the Real World: The Study of Behaviours (Three structured essays from a choice of six) and Controversies (One question from a choice of two requiring a synoptic exploration of psychological controversies).
Written Examination -  2hr 30mins - 40%
Unit 4 – Psychology: Applied Research Methods: Personal Investigation (One complusory question based on an investigative activity carried out prior to the assessment) and Novel Scenarios (Compulsory questions requiring a response to a piece of research).

Written Examination - 1hr 30mins - 20%