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Psychology A-Level at Deanery High School and Sixth Form College

Course description

The study of A-level Psychology allows students to develop detailed knowledge and understanding of the processes of development, learning and thinking. Human behaviour has many complex causes and these are explored in detail. From brain structures and functions to the principles of learning and role modelling. Students explore unconscious mental processes linked to dreaming and conscious cognitive processes used in everyday life. Students are given the opportunity to develop practical and analytical skills in the form of tightly structured experiments and observational studies. As well as stimulating natural curiosity, the challenging course should prepare you well for employment or higher education.

Course content

The AS Course

Unit 1 Approaches in Psychology - Four major psychological approaches form the basis of this Unit: the Biological (Physiological/Medical) approach, the Psychodynamic approach, the Behaviourist approach, and the Cognitive approach.

Unit 2- Core studies and applied research methods- Here ten landmark studies are explored in detail looking at why they were done, what they found and an evaluation of the research in terms of methodology and other research done since the landmark study. There is also a research methods element of this unit where we explore different methodologies we use and issues such as reliability, validity and ethical considerations in research.

The A2 Course

Unit 3- Research methods and issues in research – This unit explores a wide range of methodologies used in psychology, operationalization of variables analysis of data and significance are explored along with the ethics of human and non-human research.

Unit 4- This unit and explores a range of issues including; gender and culture bias, freewill v’s determinism and nature v’s nurture in human behaviour. Topics include memory, forensic psychology and altered states of consciousness.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grade C or above (including English language and Maths) plus B in GCSE English language or History or Geography

Future opportunities

A-Level Psychology is an excellent preparation for degrees in Psychology, Sports Psychology, Medicine, Nursing, Neuroscience, Genetics, Advertising and marketing, English, Journalism, History, Sociology and a wide range of related courses.

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: 04 January 2017
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