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Psychology at Fort Pitt Grammar School

Course description

This course is available to learners enrolled at this school and learners at other schools within the Chatham Consortium.  

Why should I study Psychology?

Simply put, Psychology is the study of people, behaviour and the mind. It has recently been reclassified as a science subject, and this is reflected in the A level curriculum. It is a broad subject, with many different areas and a number of different approaches towards explaining behaviour. Not all psychologists agree with each other! Psychologists observe human behaviour, create theories to explain the behaviour, and then carry out research to test these theories. Psychology is a challenging subject, requiring commitment and hard work. Ultimately though, the hard work is rewarded with a deeper understanding of people and society, and perhaps even yourself!

What will the course involve?

An A Level in Psychology will involve: • The study of topics such as attachment, memory, psychopathology and social influence. • Exploring psychology in context such as different approaches, biopsychology and research methods. • Investigating issues and options such as relationships, schizophrenia and forensic psychology. Assessment is through three examinations. It is possible to study AS Level Psychology. This is worth 40% of the A Level.

How might this course complement others?

A Level Psychology goes well with Maths, Sciences (especially Biology), Sociology and English Literature.

How will this subject be useful in the future?

Psychology is a well-respected subject at A Level and many courses at universities will view your A level very positively. Discussion, negotiation, evaluation, creativity, understanding, tolerance and information technology are all essential skills involved in ANY career you choose in the future.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 December 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September