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Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and how it dictates and influences our behaviour, from communication and memory to thought and emotion.

It’s about understanding what makes people tick and how this understanding can help us address many of the problems and issues in society today.

As a science psychology functions as both a thriving academic discipline and a vital professional practice, one dedicated to the study of human behaviour – and the thoughts, feelings, and motivations behind it – through observation, measurement, and testing, in order to form conclusions that are based on sound scientific methodology.

 

Entry Requirements

It is not necessary to have studied Psychology GCSE to do this course but GCSE grade 6 in English Language, Mathematics and Science is required.

 

About This Course

Psychology is a fascinating subject as it helps us learn about the mind, the brain and human behaviour.  The areas you will delve into when studying psychology are:  How does our memory work?  Why do we forget things?  Why do we sleep?  What do our dreams mean?  Why do some people become anorexic?  If you are interested in finding out the answers to some of these questions then Psychology is the subject for you.

 

Course Content & Assessment

2 Year Course

All papers to be sat at the end of year 2.

Component 1: Introductory topics in Psychology: Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathalogy: 33.3% of the total A2 mark.

Assessed by a 2 hour examination comprising of 4 structured compulsory questions.

Component 2: Psychology in Context:   Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology, Research Methods: 33.3% of the total A2 mark.

Assessed by a 2 hour examination comprising of three compulsory questions- one based on each of the above.

Component 3: Issues and Options in Psychology: (Section A is compulsory, Sections B, C & D contain three topics each and students select one from each)

Section A: Issues and Debates in Psychology.

Section B: Relationships, Gender or Cognition and Development.

Section C: Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour or Stress.

Section D: Aggression, Forensic Psychology or Addiction.

1 Year Course

AS Component 1: Social Influence, Memory, Attachment: 50% of the total AS mark.

Assessed by a 1½ hour examination comprising of structured compulsory questions.

AS Component 2: Approaches in Psychology, Psychopathology, Research Methods: 50% of the total AS mark.

Assessed by a 1½ hour examination comprising of three compulsory questions- one based on each of the above.

 

What could this course lead to?

Psychology can lead to a number of career avenues including Counselling, Education, Health, Clinical and Forensic Psychology, Research, Advertising and Market Research, Teaching and the Police to name but a few.

 

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