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The Marlborough Science Academy

Psychology - Key Stage 5

Students who choose to study Psychology at Key Stage 5 follow the AQA Psychology A level course.

AQA Psychology at Marlborough is full of explanations, helpful tips, exercises and assessments to help students achieve the best possible grade in their examination. Students are guided carefully through the syllabus in stages so that they can see their skills and knowledge improving week by week.

Psychology will appeal to a cross-section of students, regardless of whether they have studied the subject before. It builds on skills developed in the sciences and humanities, and enables progression into a wide range of other subjects.

Students will study the following three options: Relationships, Schizophrenia and Addiction. They will develop their understanding through a number of applications including Criminology, Relationships, Aggression and Addiction in Psychology. Students will also conduct a number of practical investigations and develop an understanding of how science works. These qualifications are linear. Linear means that students will sit all the AS exams at the end of their AS course and all the A-level exams at the end of their A-level course.

All assessment in the course is by written examination. Students will take three papers at the end of their course:

  • Paper 1: Introductory Topics in Psychology, worth 33.3% of the final grade
  • Paper 2: Psychology in Context, worth 33.3% of the final grade
  • Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology, worth 33.3% of the final grade

Psychology A level is an extremely useful foundation for further study and careers in the following areas: teacher, marketing, advertising, health professional, sports psychology, Educational Psychologist, Criminal Psychologist, Therapist, The Police, business and any job in which you have to work with people.

Curriculum implementation 

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Curriculum Learning Journey 

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Knowledge Organisers 

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