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Psychology A2 AQA at Sandown Bay Academy

Course description

Why do you do what you do? What motivates you, what drives you – consciously or unconsciously? Who are you and exactly how much control did you have over who you are now and who you will become? Who is driving you? Do you have any steering and how are your brakes? Psychology tries to answer such questions through the study of the mind and the behaviour of humans (and animals), with the emphasis upon the individual. It can provide an insight into why individuals respond to their environment as they do, how to avoid antagonism, how to target information and so on; giving you an obvious advantage. Surely, by knowing why, you can arrive at useful solutions more successfully and efficiently. For example, a teacher can learn to recognise which pupils will respond best to certain forms of encouragement and be able to target attention upon potentially disruptive behaviour before the classroom is affected. As a result, Psychology is relevant to any career that centres upon interactions with people. A2 UNITS: Essay based papers (with choices of topic), with a compulsory structured research task. Unit 3: 3 out of 8 areas of psychology to be studied: (Popular choices so far have included “Biorhythms, Sleep and Dreaming”, “Evolutionary explanation of intelligence/human behaviour” and “Relationships”! Unit 4: Individual difference (cause of illnesses such as depression and anxiety disorders; Issues and Debates (ethics, gender/culture bias, etc) and a synoptic set questions to test application of psychological approaches (based upon current affairs); plus, a structured question testing research methods (mini coursework style piece).

Entry requirements

Relevant AS qualification

Future opportunities

POSSIBLE PROGRESSION: Any job that involves interaction, management and care of people. NB: Psychology is considered a scientific subject, but a second science would benefit a future medical career. SUGGESTED COMBINATIONS: Sociology, Biology, History and Philosophy have overlapping skills and course content (that would be a lot of reading and essay writing though!) MORE IMPORTANT: Memory is linked to motivation – so do the subjects you enjoy! You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as a science or one of the humanities to prepare for higher education in Psychology or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Psychology and people such as a Counsellor, Nurse or Psychologist. You could also specialise in a particular area of Psychology such as education or mental health depending on the area that interests you.

Further information

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sandown Bay Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year