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Psychology A Level at Devonport High School for Boys

Course description

Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour.

In A level Psychology, you will be introduced to current research into the brain and behaviour as well as studying classic research which has shaped our understanding of who we are and why we do what we do.

Psychology is a science: you will learn about how science works.

The course will help you to develop an enquiring and analytical approach to psychological research and scientific method.

You will have the opportunity to design and carry out your own research, including using resources from Plymouth University.

Course content

Year 12

Paper 1
- Social Influence
- Memory

Paper 2
- Approaches in Psychology
- Psychopathology
- Research Methods

Year 13

Unit 1
- Social Influence
- Memory
- Attachments

Unit 2
- Approaches in Psychology
- Biopsychology
- Research Methods

Unit 3
- Issues and Debates in Psychology
- Cognition and Development
- Eating Behaviour
- Addiction

Entry requirements

GCSE grade 5 or above in Maths. Please note that 10% of the marks in assessments for Psychology will require the use of mathematical skills. These skills will be at the standard of higher tier GCSE mathematics.

Future opportunities

For some people, A level Psychology leads to a Psychology degree. For some of them, a Psychology degree leads to a specialisation in an area of Psychology: further research or work as an accredited psychologist in a range of different fields.

For others, Psychology provides a strong set of academic skills which can be transferred to a range of academic and vocational courses. In particular, Psychology students learn how to analyse text and write essays. They also develop the ability to manage research projects and interact with participants.

The knowledge which students pick up through the course can be applied to many contexts, for example in education, health care, law and criminal justice and managing organisations.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Devonport High School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 02 May 2017

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