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Psychology AS & A Level at King George V College

Course description

Psychology is a fascinating and lively subject which uses scientific methods to study human behaviour and thinking. Combining research, literacy, statistical analysis and critical evaluation skills, it’s a great launch-pad for a whole range of related science degrees including Forensics, Criminology and Occupational Therapy. A qualification in Psychology will also be extremely valuable if you’re planning a career in communications, culture, marketing, human resources, teaching or business.

Course content

First Year

  • Social influence – the study of conformity & obedience
  • Memory – including forgetting and eye-witness testimony
  • Attachment – deprivation and privation , and effects on adult relationships
  • Psychopathology – study of mental illness focusing on depression, phobias and OCD
  • Biopsychology – nervous system, endocrine system & fight/flight response
  • Research methods – range of scientific & non-scientific methods

Second Year

  • Schizophrenia – explanations and treatments
  • Relationships – relationship formation, maintenance & breakdown, social media, virtual relationships
  • Forensic psychology – offender profiling, explanations of offender behaviour,
  • Issues and debates – freewill v determinism, nature v nurture, reductionism

Entry requirements

To succeed in psychology, you need to be curious, to question, to challenge yourself, to be motivated and have an enquiring mind. You will need to have strong literacy and numeracy skills as the course is very demanding in these areas. The course requires a lot of reading and extended writing on a regular basis. You will read and summarise scientific journal articles and need to be able to express yourself well in both the spoken and written word and be prepared to work with statistics. You will be involved in group work at times but also be required to engage in independent study.

Future opportunities

You will learn a variety of skills including analytical thinking, improved communication, problem solving and many more that will prepare you for an exciting future with the possibility of a range of fantastic careers. Many students who study psychology at KGV go on to study degrees in psychology, sociology, criminology, social work and neuroscience.

However, Psychology is a diverse and flexible subject that lends itself to so many other subjects  - it can be used to pursue careers in the sciences or arts! Studying psychology at university can give you a whole host of exciting career options, including: Marketing, Business development, Accountancy, Human resources, Forensic psychology, Occupational therapy, Clinical psychology, Nursing and Teaching.

Further information

You’ll have opportunities to attend national workshops and study conferences at various universities. You could also visit Vienna, Austria, to see the famous Freud museum, or Chester Zoo, to conduct a data collection exercise observing various animals including primates. We also invite leading experts and academics to give talks to students on a regular basis.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King George V College directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

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