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Psychology AS/A2 Level at Sheringham High School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

Have you ever wondered why people do what they do? Psychology aims to provide insights into human behaviour and cognition. The aim of the course is to introduce you to a range of theories and studies which make up this fascinating subject. Furthermore, you will learn important analytical and evaluative skills which will complement other aspects of the curriculum.

Course content

Foundations in Psychology
• Social Psychology – what makes you obey? Why are people prejudiced?
• Cognitive Psychology – how can you improve your memory?
• Biological Psychology – are we born aggressive?
• Learning Theories – do we learn to be aggressive?
• Issues and debates
Applications of Psychology
• Clinical Psychology – what is schizophrenia and depression, and how are these disorders treated?

One topic from the following:
• Criminological Psychology – what causes criminal behaviour?
• Child Psychology – how do children become attached to parental figures?
• Health Psychology- why do people become addicted to drugs?
Psychological Skills
• Methods – how do you go about psychological research?
• Synoptic review of studies
• Issues and debates – how do you apply psychological knowledge to the world.

Entry requirements



At A Level there are three papers – papers 1 and 2 are worth 35%, paper 3 is worth 30%.
At AS there are two papers: one which will focus on social and cognitive psychology and a second which will be on Biological Psychology and Learning theories. Both papers are worth 50% of the final award.

Future opportunities

People take Psychology because they find it different to anything they have studied before. Regardless of what your future plans are, employers and universities view it as a valuable subject to have.

Many students end up applying for Psychology degrees as they wish to concentrate on more specialised areas, such as clinical or criminal psychology. It is also useful for teaching, police work and sports therapy / physiotherapy.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sheringham High School and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 11 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years