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Psychology

What is the course about?

Psychology is the study of the human mind. It offers the opportunity to consider different manifestations of human behaviour and explore the way in which different schools of psychology have explained the causes of that behaviour. It is a course that will appeal to students with an interest in human behaviour and personality.

Course content

  • Cognitive psychology – memory
  • Developmental psychology – attachment
  • Social psychology – conformity and obedience
  • Individual differences and abnormality
  • Research methods
  • Biopsychology
  • Approaches in psychology
  • Aggression
  • Eating behaviour
  • Gender
  • Issues and debates
  • Research methods

Assessment

Three exams : 2 hours – no coursework.

  • Paper 1: Introductory topics in psychology.
  • Paper 2: Psychology in context.
  • Paper 3: Issues and options in psychology.

Career pathways

Psychology complements all areas and subjects. Its focus on human mind, behaviour and thinking is attractive to all employment and areas of work involving human resources. Psychology is a useful A Level to take if a student is considering entry onto a science or medical degree. It is also relevant to those interested in psychology and criminal or forensic psychology at degree level. It is also a useful qualification in a range of fields including education, management, social studies and sport

Entry criteria

Minimum of grade 6 in English Language. Minimum of grade 6 in a science is also desirable.