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Psychology

About the course:

Psychology is an exciting area of study with a growing interest and focus on genetics, cognition, neurology and environmental influences, there has never been a more exciting time to study Psychology.

 

AS Psychology

  • Social influence - looks at conformity, social roles and obedience in society.
  • Memory - investigates the way in which we process and retain information, why we forget things and the effect of leading questions.
  • Attachment - focuses on the relationship between care givers and those that are cared for.
  • Approaches in psychology – looks at the variety of ways in which Psychology can be approached and interpreted.
  • Psychopathology - allows students to see what happens when mental health deviates from good, focusing on Schizophrenia.
  • Research methods - shows students how Psychologists investigate the world around them.

A2 Psychology

The A level course revisits the topics from AS in greater depth but also includes

  • Relationships
  • Gender
  • Cognition and development
  • Schizophrenia
  • Eating disorders
  • Stress
  • Aggression
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Addiction

 

How will it be assessed?

For A-Level Psychology there are 3x2hr papers all taken in the second year of study.

 

What is expected of you:

You will be expected to attend all lessons and complete all tasks on time. You will need to have a passion for the workings of the human mind and be able to cope with the pressures of a demanding course.

 

What it prepares you for:

Higher Education                                                                            

  • Psychology
  • Law
  • Sociology
  • Education

Careers

  • Criminal Psychologist  
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Forensic science
  • Counsellor
  • Human Resources
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Business
  • Teaching

 

Entry requirements:

At least five 5-9 grades at GCSE.

Students who wish to take Psychology at A-level need to achieve at least a 6 in English and Science (Biology) GCSE subjects

 

For more information:

Please talk to your Science teacher about the possibility of studying Psychology in the Sixth Form, or you may choose to talk to one of the people listed below:

Lead Psychology: Mrs K Sood

Lead Science: Mr P Woodward