Exam board: OCR

Entry Requirements:     5+ in English Language or Literature, 5+ in Maths


Course Description: 

Students studying the new linear course in psychology (H567), first examined in May 2017, are required to complete the following units of study:

Year 12

Research Methods (Component 1): This component introduces and develops knowledge and understanding of the process of planning, conducting, analysing and reporting psychological research across a range of experimental and non-experimental methodologies and techniques.

In addition to learning about specific research methods and techniques such as experiments, observations, correlations and self-reports, students will be provided with opportunities plan and conduct their own research, learn how to record data, analyse it and present it in a professional report.

Psychological themes through core studies (Component 2): Section A gives students the opportunity to examine, and learn the details of, 10 Core Studies in psychology: 5 classic and 5 contemporary. Students will be required to evaluate these in terms of their reliability and validity. Section B provides students with a theoretical context for the Core Studies by linking them to 10 key themes plus one of 5 key areas in psychology:  Social, Cognitive, Developmental, Biological and finally, Individual Differences. Understanding how the studies are linked to the Key Themes and to the different areas of psychology is a major part of the course. This part of the course also allows students to study 2 of the broader perspectives in psychology: Freud’s Psychodynamism and the world of Psychoanalysis, and Behaviourism which first appeared is seen as a scientific response to Freud’s more theoretical work.

Students will then sit two 1h30m exams at the end of Year 12 to gain an AS Level in Psychology.

Year 13

Applied psychology (Component 03) Students study Issues in Mental Health as a compulsory unit along with two options: Child Psychology and Criminal Psychology.

Issues in Mental Health focuses on the Historical Context of Mental Health, the Medical Model, and Alternatives to the Medical Model and examines evidence that underpins or challenges these positions.

When students study Child Psychology their focus will be on Intelligence, The Brain, Perceptual Development, Cognitive Development and Education, and The Impact of Advertising on Children.

Finally, the course ends with students focusing their attention on Criminal Psychology and specifically on questions such as: what makes an individual criminal? How do we collect and process forensic evidence? What role does psychology play in the courtroom? How do we prevent crime? What is the effect of prison?

Subject suitability for degree course or future career: psychology is useful in a wide range of careers from personnel work, management, advertising, social work, education, police work and law. A psychology degree can also lead to psychology specific careers in research, clinical, forensic, and educational and business psychology. Psychology combines well with almost every other course, be it science or humanities subjects and offers a balance to the more traditional areas of study.

At the end of Year 13 students will then sit three 2h exams covering content from Year 12 and Year 13 to gain an A Level in Psychology.


Contact name:    Gordon Pheysey gpheysey@lampton.org.uk