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Psychology A Level at Gordano School

Course description

Psychology is the science of the mind. The human mind is the most complex machine on Earth. It is the source of all thought and behaviour. But how can we study something as complex and mysterious as the mind? Even if we were to split open the skull of a willing volunteer and have a look inside, we would only see the gloopy grey matter of the
brain. We cannot see someone thinking. Nor can we observe their emotions, or memories, or perceptions and dreams. Psychology not only studies all of these things but also teaches how we study humans to understand why they behave the way they do.

Course content

Unit 2: How others influence how we behave and how we influence others; how we remember and why we forget. You will also be able to underst and why people get anxious and suffer from psychological problems such as phobias and obsessive compulsive disorder and investigate the behaviour of children and long lasting effects of attachments.
Unit 3: You will study debates in psychology: How psychologists often disagree with each other and how humans should be studied and the origins of their behaviour.
We also study the different perspectives of different psychologists.

In Forensic Psychology, we will investigate why people commit crimes, including explanations for serial killers and offender profiling. You will also study why schizophrenia occurs and how depression is treated.

Entry requirements

It is NOT necessary to have studied Psychology at GCSE level but if you have achieved a C grade or below you will struggle with the subject as it is a big step up from GCSE.

Future opportunities

Psychology studies human behaviour so is useful in any career that works with people.
Careers dealing with people either in work or social situations e.g. management, selling, advertising, marketing, journalism, teaching, nursing, youth and social work and administrative roles as well as careers in Psychology.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 January 2017

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