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Psychology at St Edward's College

Course description

Psychology is best described as the ‘science of mind and behaviour’ and from September 2015 it was officially accepted as a Science by all Universities. The main aim of Psychology is to create testable theories about human and animal behaviour and apply these theories to mental illness, in the hope of discovering preventions and cures for ‘abnormality’.

Course content

Pupils will be asked to consider contemporary debates using their knowledge and understanding of five approaches: Biological, Psychodynamic, Behaviourist, Cognitive and Positive. For each of the five psychological approaches it will be necessary for pupils to know assumptions for behaviour, why relationships are formed, therapy used by the approach whilst making judgements on a classic piece of evidence. They must also explore two sides of a contemporary debate, for example, is neuroscience ethical? How reliable is eye-witness testimony?
Having learnt about the various psychological approaches in component one, pupils are expected to apply this knowledge and understanding to human and animal behaviours. Pupils should explore five controversies that continue to pose challenges for psychology, for example, Genetics versus Environment, Free Will versus Determinism. They will also study Forensic Psychology, Addictive Behaviour and Mental Illness (Schizophrenia).



Entry requirements

C grade in GCSE Science AND B grade in GCSE English


Component One–Psychology Past to Present. Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes, 50% of qualification.
Component Two– Investigating Behaviour
Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes, 50% of qualification. There are two aspects to this component:1. Pupils complete an independent, scientific research investigation from the initial planning stages through to the final stage of analysis and evaluation. It is designed to introduce students to the methodologies used by psychologists and to appreciate the limitations of scientific research, especially when dealing with the complexities of humans as test material. 2. Pupils apply their knowledge and understanding of research methods to novel research
scenarios, making judgements on the details of psychological research.
Component One–Psychology Past to Present. Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes, 33⅓% of qualification. The same content as component one for AS Level
is examined.
Component Two– Investigating Behaviour. Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes, 33⅓% of qualification. This is the same as component two for AS level but two personal investigations will be carried out and pupils will be specifically tested on these. Component Three–Implications in the Real World. Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes, 33⅓% of qualification.


Future opportunities

Successful completion of this course provides an excellent basis for underta
king one of over 2,000 undergraduate Psychology degree courses at almost any University in the country. Courses and career paths chosen by A Level Psychology pupils are vast. The fields of Psychology offers post-degree include Clinical Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Criminology and Educational Psychology, to name just a few. Other career paths include Law, Sport, Business and Marketing, Public Services, Journalism and Human Resources. Any career that involves working with
humans or animals involves Psychology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Edward's College directly.

Last updated date: 16 August 2016

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