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Psychology at Rivington and Blackrod High School and Sixth Form

Course description

On this course you will learn the terms, processes, principles and theories related to the study of behaviour. It will help you to understand the complexity of human behaviour, including child development, social influence and types of mental illness. You will also gain an understanding of the scientific nature of the subject.

Course content

Memory - how it works, why it sometimes doesn’t, strategies for improving it, and why eyewitness testimony may be unreliable.

Attachments - are babies biologically programmed to make us care for them or do they become attached to adults simply because we feed them? Does the quality of the first attachment affect a child’s future? Is day care ok?

Research Methods - how do Psychologists investigate whether their theories are true? Students learn how to design investigations, analyse data and present research findings.

Stress - how it affects us physically and psychologically, the sources of stress in every day life, and the different methods of coping with stress.

Social Influence - how and why we change our behaviour according to who we are with, why we obey even when we know it’s wrong, can psychological research help to change society?

Abnormality - what is abnormality and what causes abnormal behaviour? Different therapies and treatments - are drugs better than psychotherapy?

Students gain an understanding of the main psychological theories and of the overarching issues and debates; this understanding is applied to three of the following areas of Psychology: relationships; biological rhythms and sleep and aggression. Psychopathology - models (theories), classification and treatment of schizophrenia, depression or anxiety disorders. Psychology in Action - how peoples’ lives are actually influenced by psychological theory and research; one contemporary application is studied - either media psychology, the psychology of addictive behaviour or anomalistic psychology.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE's Grade 4 or above. In addition, Level 5 in English Language, Maths and Science.


Assessment is by written examinations.

Future opportunities

Psychology is one of the biggest growth subjects at A-Level and at degree level.

Prospective employers value the knowledge and skills that A Level Psychology affords and for those who wish to pursue Psychology through into Higher Education there are opportunities for specialised employment in many walks of industry. Careers in applied settings include Counselling Psychology, Educational Psychology, Health Psychology, Clinical Psychology and Forensic Psychology.

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: 03 October 2017
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