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Psychology A Level at Saltash.net Community School

Course description

It’s really interesting! You will be able to relate to it easily and it is very varied. One lesson you might be learning about how neurotransmitters affect our behaviour and the next you might be conducting your own research into prejudiced attitudes.

Course content

YOU WILL STUDY
- Social Psychology
- Cognitive Psychology
- Biological Psychology
- Learning Theories
- Clinical Psychology
- Criminal Psychology
- Issues and Debates in Psychology
- Research Methods in Psychology

You will learn
- How human behaviour is influenced by a variety of wide ranging factors.
- How psychologists study behaviour.
- How to conduct your own investigations into behaviour.
- Critical evaluation skills.
- You will NOT learn how to read people’s minds and manipulate them!

Entry requirements

You will need GCSE grade 4 (C) or above in English and Maths, and a Grade C or above in Science; Science because Psychology is a science uses scientific methodology when investigating behaviour, Maths because Psychologists use statistics to analyse the results of their investigations and English because you will need to articulately evaluate and write coherent essays.

Assessment

The AS Level has two exams at the end of YR12.
The A Level has 3 exams at the end of YR13.
You will conduct 5 practical investigations and write a report on your work, although the marks you recieve for this do not directly count towards your grade, you will be asked questions about your pracical investigations in the exams.

Future opportunities

In nearly every job, career or life experience you will be required to work with other people; having an understanding of their behaviour is therefore an obvious benefit. So studying Psychology is useful in a wide variety of pathways including teaching, medicine, marketing, management, PR, the Armed Forces, policing and social work. If you choose to specialise in Psychology there is also a wide variety of careers to choose from including Clinical Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Neuropsychology, Sports Psychology, and Counselling.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saltash.net Community School directly.

Last updated date: 17 May 2017

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