Psychology AS GCE AS Level at Weatherhead High School
This course looks at human behaviour and how it interacts with the mind. Psychology focuses on understanding and explaining human behaviour. Foe example why some people obey and others do not, or whether animals can learn a language or why some people are afraid of insects and others are not. '
In addition Psychologists study theories of behaviour and how mental illnesses can be treated, for example how to treat phobias or depression. Finally Psychology looks at questions such as the nature / nuture debate and whether humans have free will or are pre-programmed to behave in certain ways.
You must have achieved 5 GCSEs including a grade C in English Language, Mathematics and Science in order to study Psychology at this level. As Psychology is a science it is essentail that students have a C in Science (or CC if studying double science)
AS 2 Modules
Unit 1 : 1 hr + 15 mins examination= 20% of total marks.
Four major psychological approaches are studied along with one theory and therapy from each approach; Cognitive Psychology, Biological Psychology, Psychodynamic Psychology and Behavioural Psychology.
Unit 2 : 1 hr + 45 mins examination= 30% of total marks.
This unit is in two parts. Part A is research studies. Students study ten core studies (two from each of the five psychological approaches). Part B is about applied research methods. Students should be able to apply their knowledge of research methods to a real life situation by describing how they would conduct research.
Though Universities ask for high grades for anyone wishing to study Psychology there are lots of options available for Psychology degree graduates. Careers can be followed in the following areas:
Clinical Psychology y
Educational Psychology y
Criminal Psychology y
Forensic Psychology y
Occupational Psychology y
Social work k
Health care Business and many more
You will be issued with either your own core text book and departmental booklets. There is also a variety of additional textbooks in the Psychology classrooms.Psychology is an extremely popular subject at A level here and we are one of the biggest subjects at A level in terms of the number of students.
The Psychology department has excellent subjects specialist teachers that are dedicated to the success of the students.
The Psychology department has visits from outside speakers to enrich students' learning and a trip to Liverpool Crown Court in the summer term to prepare for the Forensic Psychology topic.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Weatherhead High School directly.