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Psychology at The Henry Box School

Course description

Psychology aims to promote students' spiritual, moral, social and cultural development through the study of topical political and cultural issues and events. The syllabus takes a contemporary and scientific approach to psychology, which includes in-depth coverage of major areas of psychology as well as optional choices at A2.

As well as learning psychological ideas, research and theory, students are encouraged to adopt a reflective attitude towards the subject; transferring abstract psychological ideas and theories, into meaningful knowledge that they can use to gain a better understanding in a variety of situations. Lessons and teaching involve students in discussions, research, group work, peer presentations as well as incorporating external speakers and trips to strengthen learning, understanding and subsequent enjoyment of the subject. Psychology is a popular option for AS students, which is often progressed on to A2 level. During this year you will develop a range of skills - analysis, interpretation and evaluation and you will learn how to formulate balanced arguments. You will be exposed to language that is specific to Psychology. As Psychology is the science of human behaviour which intends to explain the mind and behaviour through reason, you will learn scientific methods involving observation, measurement, hypothesis testing and experimentation. Furthermore you will learn how psychology can be used to help people and hopefully bring about changes for the better. In order to excel in this subject you will need to evaluate research and draw conclusions.

There is a big jump from GCSE to AS level and most of you will not have studied Psychology before, so you will be expected to work hard to reach AS knowledge as quickly as possible. The key to achieving this and saving a lot of time during the year is to read independently as much as possible in the first few weeks in order to become familiar with the approaches, research studies and main issues in Psychology.

Entry requirements

The A-level courses are academically demanding and in order to cope successfully students must have achieved good GCSE results. Our minimum entry requirement is therefore an average of 42 GCSE points, including a 'C' grade in English Language. As a general guide, most subjects require a minimum GCSE grade B in the subject to be studied.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Henry Box School directly.

Last updated date: 24 April 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years