A minimum of four grade 5s at GCSE including either English Language, History or Religious Studies, and a grade 4 or above in Maths and Science.
Two year course.
What will I study?
Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour, attempting to explain a wide range of behaviours from clinical depression to causes of addiction.
How memory works and recalling the details of crime.
Emotional development in children, including the effects of growing up without love and care.
To what extent we are all affected by the people around us, including conformity and obedience.
How do we study the mind? How can we know about what someone’s thinking?
Are we more than just the brain? How do we learn? How do our minds affect our behaviour?
What’s difference between “normal” and “abnormal” behaviour? What are the causes and treatments of Depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and Phobias?
A detailed introduction to the structures of the brain, and the way that the body affects our behaviours, including a look at sleep.
A look at the reasons why people will continue to perform self-destructive behaviour even when they want to stop.
Characterised by Hallucinations and Delusions, what are the causes and treatments for schizophrenia.
A discussion of how much of our behaviour is caused by our gender. Are boys and girls different, and if so, why? Is it innate biological forces, or is it down to our upbringing and society?
Issues and Debates in Psychology
A more philosophical discussion of whether we have free will, whether we are born or made the way we are, and about the biases that we have between cultures?
Good course combinations
If you are taking a’ science’ route with your A Levels it goes well with Biology and Maths. If you are taking a ‘humanities’ route for your A Levels it goes well with Sociology.
Please note that you will be required to understand and apply basic mathematical principles in the exam, such as ratios, fractions, means, basic statistics, drawing graphs and tables. You will also be performing and writing up your own scientific research. The scientific aspects of the course examine the brain and the nervous system, so a willingness to learn and apply biological principles is also required.
What could it lead to?
Psychology is useful for any career that involves working with people (or animals). Previous students have also gone on to study for a range of degrees including law, medicine, business, sports studies and music.
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