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Psychology (A Level) at Somervale School

Course description

Psychology is concerned with all aspects of behaviour and with the thoughts, feelings and motivations underlying that behaviour. Psychology is a science and psychologists study human behaviour by observing, measuring and testing, then arriving at conclusions that are rooted in sound scientific methodology. The course looks at important aspects of human life; relationships, stress, memory, aggression, obedience and disorders such as depression, schizophrenia or anorexia.

Course content

Year 12 – 2 Compulsory Topics

  • Social Influence, Memory and Attachment Examination (June Year 12)
  • Approaches in Psychology, Psychopathology and Research Methods Examination (June Year 12)

Year 13 – (8 Compulsory Topics)

  • Social Influence  
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology
  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Biopsychology
  • Research Methods
  • Issues and Debates in Psychology

Year 13 - Optional Topics (1 from each section)

Relationships, Gender, Cognition and Development Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour, Stress Aggression, Forensic Psychology, Addiction

The topics are assessed in three exams sat in Summer 2017. The exams are 2 hours long, each worth 96 marks in total.

Entry requirements

Psychology is a demanding subject. For this reason you will need GCSE grades of:

  • Grade B or above in English Language
  • Grade B or above in Mathematics
  • Grade C or above in Science

Future opportunities

There are professionally trained clinical, educational, occupational and forensic Psychologists – but Psychology features in many degree courses (nursing and health care, marketing and advertising, education, criminology). It also prepares students for jobs including health care, police work, management, teaching, personnel work, workplace design, retailing and advertising.

Further information

Who Might the Course Suit?

It is naturally suited to those who have an interest in people and who want to understand more about the causes of behaviour. Given the competing explanations of why people “do what they do” the best students are those with an “open mind” and a willingness to read around the “key issues” discussed.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 April 2015

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