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Psychology at St Mary's Catholic High School

Course description

Have you ever wondered why people behave in the way that they do? Do you want to know what makes people tick? If the answer is yes, then Psychology is the course for you. You will study a range of interesting and engaging topics from relationships to the criminal mind, each giving you a background of why people are the way they are.

Course content

You will be guided through 4 units over the course of 2 years:

• Unit 1: Introducing Psychology
• Unit 2: Cognitive and Social Psychology
• Unit 3: Child Development, Atypical Behaviour and Forensic Psychology
• Unit 4: Advanced Approaches, Debates and Research Methods in Psychology

You will learn through a combination of practical work, independent study, lecture and group investigation. Your powers of critical analysis will develop and your questioning and reasoning skills will be called upon.

Entry requirements

For AS study you will need a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade B with a minimum of one other GCSE grade C or above.  You must have GCSE Maths and English at a grade C or above.  We would expect you to have at least a GCSE  grade B in the subject you wish to study or a closely related discipline.


AS is assessed by two 90 minute exams focusing on topics such as gender, memory, social and cognitive development.

A2 is similar in that two exams are sat, however the second examination is a synoptic paper and draws all knowledge from the course into one.

Financial information

St. Mary’s Sixth Form has a bursary scheme that supports students, who meet eligibility criteria, with the cost of attending college.

The bursary scheme is made up of 2 parts - a payment of £1,200 to a small group of the most vulnerable and a discretionary fund for schools to distribute. The most vulnerable are classified as:

• young people in care;

• care leavers;                         

• young people in receipt of Income Support;

• disabled young people in receipt of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) who are also in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA).

The discretionary element can be accessed via an application form and students should contact the Sixth Form office for further details. The College will consider every request for financial assistance and will endeavour to target the fund to help those students in greatest need

Future opportunities

Psychology is life and life is psychology. The subject governs all aspects of life. Whether you want to be a bank clerk or a rocket scientist, Psychology is present in your workplace. Psychology can prepare you for jobs involving others including the police force, marketing, sales and personnel. Studying Psychology at degree level could lead
to a career as a practicing Psychologist. You may be the next Sigmund Freud.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years