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OCR has confirmed that the psychology of the workplace - and beyond - will feature on its new Psychology A Level.
A Level students taking an environmental psychology option will refer to research that found that workers in companies which allow ‘desk clutter’ feel a greater sense of well-being and job satisfaction and experience less stress. It showed women often decorate their desks with photos of family and friends while men like to display symbols of achievement, for example in sports.
Research on the stress caused by aircraft noise and attitudes to recycling are among new and contemporary issues within environmental psychology to feature on OCR’s updated course.
Alongside topical content, 10% of the Psychology A Level course will be quantitative work involving data analysis, with all students doing their own practical research.
Mark Dawe, OCR Chief Executive, said: “This minimum requirement ensures that students build up strong statistical and numeracy skills. Added to the critical thinking, analytical skills and essay writing the course demands, psychology is an intellectually stretching but very fulfilling subject that produces highly employable students.”
OCR has also looked closely at the work of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), the national body for enhancing HE learning and teaching, to ensure its new Psychology A Level course reflects contemporary theory and practice at university level. Dr Julie Hulme, Consultant in Academic Practice at the HEA, believes psychological literacy “offers potential solutions to many of the world’s problems – large or small”.
Following accreditation, OCR’s new Psychology A Level will be taught in schools from September 2015.
More details of the draft A Level