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Psychology at The Bishop's Stortford High School

Course description

Examination Board: AQA.

A-level Psychology is usually defined as 'the science of mind and behaviour'. It has become an increasingly popular A Level, both at this school and elsewhere. It has some scientific content, but also requires you to develop your extended writing skills. Lessons normally take the form of a seminar; led usually by the teaching staff but also, less frequently, by individual students or groups of students on specially prepared topics.

What makes a good Psychologist?

A good Psychology student develops analytical skills and understands that we shouldn't take everything we hear at face value. You will become critically aware of the world around us and develop your understanding of others.

Psychology complements most subjects. It is very scientific and Biology is a good subject to take alongside Psychology.

Course content

At AS we study Approaches to Psychology, Social Psychology, Biopsychology, Gender, Autism, Remembering and Forgetting and Research Methods.

At A2 the topics are Child Development, Cognition and Law and Forensic Psychology.

In all of these you will be taught in a mixture of styles. You will need to do reading and preparation for classes and you will be encouraged to carry out research using the internet wherever possible. You will do a lot of note taking, some essay writing and you will also carry out psychological investigations.

Entry requirements

B grade or above in GCSE Psychology. If not studied, then GCSE B grade in English Language and Biology/Additional Science.


Examinations: 100% (AS sat in June; A2 sat in January and June).

Coursework: None.

Future opportunities

Some universities prefer another Science subject to be studied alongside the Psychology. However other Social Science subjects such as Religious Studies and Government and Politics are equally useful.

A degree in Psychology opens many doors. With post graduate training you can practise as a Psychologist in a number of fields, but it also prepares you for a number of other professions such as teaching, accountancy,and human resources.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bishop's Stortford High School directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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