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Psychology A Level at Matravers School

Course description

The course offers a broad introduction to Psychology, the scientific study of behaviour and human experience. The course would be suitable for any student who has strong skills in English and an interest in human behaviour. The minimum entrance requirements are five GCSEs at grade A*–C, which must include English Language and Science. Students will examine what psychologists have to say about memory, aggression, gender, attitudes, adolescence, personality, mental illness and many other fascinating areas. Just as importantly, the course covers how psychologists gather evidence for their ideas: students will learn how experiments and other research tools are designed and used. Throughout the course, students develop their ability to think critically, evaluating all the theories and research that they encounter.

Course content

Unit 1 Theories of how memory works. Extreme cases of amnesia. The reliability of eyewitnesses. How young children form attachments – and what happens when they do not. How do psychologists find out about human behaviour and human experience? Designing your own psychological investigations.

Unit 2 Stress – what is it, what does it do to us and how can it be controlled? Mental Health: what exactly is ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’ behaviour? Methods of treating psychological problems.

Unit 4 A minimum of three topics are chosen from eight on offer. Likely choices are: Biological Rhythms and Sleep, Aggression and Gender.

Unit 5 Psychopathology – the causes and treatment of one psychological disorder (e.g. schizophrenia). One example of Psychology in Action e.g. Anomalistic Psychology, looking at belief in ESP, paranormal experiences etc. Applying scientific methods to studying human beings.

Future opportunities

Level Psychology encourages the development of many skills – such as thinking critically and communicating ideas clearly – which are as valuable in a work environment as an academic one. Many students use A Level Psychology as a stepping stone to University or College. Psychology is now one of the most popular degrees in the UK. Studying Psychology at degree level offers career opportunities in Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Social Work, Counselling, Market Research, Sports Psychology and many other areas. The NHS, Home Office, DfEE, schools and colleges, industry and commerce all employ Psychology graduates.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Matravers School directly.

Last updated date: 24 January 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years