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Overview

The Kings Advanced Level Foundation is based on A-level syllabuses, taught by A-level teachers, assessed against A-levels and moderated by an independent Advisory Board of external examiners. As such, it is one of the most highly academic and successful pathways to leading UK universities.

Psychology is an elective module within the Foundation, and is ideal for students who are interested in studying this subject at university.

Key Facts

Start Dates:

  • 4 April 2022 (Extended programme only)
  • 27 June 2022 (Extended programme only)
  • 5 September 2022
  • 3 January 2023

Colleges:

  • London

Entry level:

  • Academic: Completed 11-12 years of schooling
  • English: IELTS 5.5 or equivalent

Minimum age:

  • 16.5

Length:

  • 1 Academic Year (3 terms)
  • Extended programme: 1-2 Academic Years (4-7 terms)

Lessons:

  • Average 21 hours per week (plus homework and private study)

Class size:

  • 8-12

Course content and structure

The Advanced Level Foundation programme is highly flexible, and able to adapt to the needs and academic aspirations of each student. It does this through a combination of core modules and a series of elective modules which can be combined in different ways to create main subject streams.

The Advanced Level Foundation Psychology module includes content from Year 1 and Year 2 Psychology A – level taught over 3 terms. Advanced Level Psychology is linear, with September and January student cohorts taught separately.

An overview of the syllabus content is shown below.

Term 1

  • Social influence - conformity, obedience, resistance to obedience, minority influence and social change 
  • Memory – different features of memory, types of memory, models of memory, explanations for forgetting, factors affecting the accuracy of eyewitness testimony, improving the accuracy of eyewitness testimony
  • Research methods 1 - research methods and designs, scientific processes and techniques

Term 2

  • Research methods 2 - research methods and designs, scientific processes and techniques, data handling and analysis and inferential testing
  • Approaches in Psychology 1 - Origins of psychology, Behaviourist Approach, Cognitive, Social Learning Theory, Biological psychology.  
  • Assignment – Psychological practical research investigation and report write up.
  • Synoptic - Issues and debates – nature/nurture, free will/determinism, cultural and gender bias, scientific status, ethical issues.

Term 3

  • Psychopathology - Definitions of abnormality, the behavioural, emotional and cognitive characteristics of phobias, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The behavioural approach to explaining and treating phobias. The cognitive approach to explaining and treating depression. The biological approach to explaining and treating OCD.
  • Biopsychology - The divisions of the nervous system, The structure and function of sensory, relay and motor neurons. The process of synaptic transmission, The function of the endocrine system: glands and hormones, The fight or flight response including the role of adrenaline.
  • Synoptic - Issues and debates – nature/nurture, free will/determinism, cultural and gender bias, scientific status, ethical issues.

Sample subject combinations with Psychology

Psychology complements a wide range of science, social science and humanities subjects. In addition, it will be highly beneficial for any career that involves an understanding of others, such as medicine, dentistry, education, marketing, law and forensics.

Common subject combinations include:

  • Psychology, Biology and Chemistry
  • Psychology, Business Studies, Maths
  • Psychology, Politics and History
  • Psychology, Economics and Politics

Sample enrichment activities

  • History Film Club 
  • Houses of Parliament visit
  • Visit to Hampton Court Palace 
  • Bletchley Park visit 
  • Debating Society 
  • Trinity Arts awards 

Sample academic calendar (2021-2022)

Year 1

September

  • 6th: term starts
  • Student induction

October

  • 18 – 22nd: half term
  • Progress tests

November

  • University fairs and talks

December

  • 10th: term ends
  • End of term exams

January

  • 3rd: term starts

February

  • 10th – 11th: half term
  • Progress tests
  • University fairs

March

  • End of term exams
  • 18th: term ends

April

  • 4th: term starts

May

  • Progress tests

June

  • Exams
  • 10th: term ends

Recommended reading

Below is a list of text books normally used on this course, as well as books which may help you prepare for your studies prior to arrival. In many cases the textbooks will be supplied by the school, and you may borrow them for the duration of your time at school. However, if you already know what three subjects you want to choose you may prefer to purchase one before you arrive.

  • The Complete Companions for AQA A Level Psychology 5th Edition: 16-18: The Complete Companions: A Level Year 1 and AS Psychology Student Book 5th Edition
  • The Complete Companions for AQA A Level Psychology 5th Edition: 16-18: The Complete Companions: A Level Year 2 Psychology Student Book 5th Edition 

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