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A Level Psychology at Villiers High School

Course description

Psychologists do not simply collect evidence to explain people's behaviour, they use their understanding to help people with difficulties and bring about change for the better. For example, psychologists are concerned with practical problems such as: - How can we ease the effect of parental divorce on children? - How should drug awareness campaigns frame their message? - How can we minimise accidents: on roads, rails, in the air? - How can the courts ensure that eyewitness testimony is reliable? - How can footballers keep their anger in check on the pitch? - How can we help people overcome depression, stress or phobias? Your key learning topics: In the first year you will study topics such as research methods, social psychology, gender development, individual differences and cognitive psychology. This introduction will form a sound basis for the second year, in which you might study topics such as mood disorders, child development, schizophrenia, stress, forensics and substance abuse. On your marks... In the first year you'll sit two papers. Each lasts for 90 minutes and accounts for 50% of your marks for the year.

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5 A* to C GCSEs

Future opportunities

Where will success take me? Psychology can help your career either directly or indirectly. Of course, if you wish to become a psychologist or mental health worder, this A-level is of direct value. What skills will I learn? This course will help you develop a number of skills: - how to view the world around you from different perspectives - how to plan and conduct scientific investigations - how to analyse and interpret data - critical reasoning skills - how to put across your point of view fluently

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years