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Psychology A Level at Highfields School

Course description

75% of the population has the brain capacity to read this:

"The hmuan mnid has a fntastaic altibiy to pcroses dififuclt and caelhlginng prbolmes. It can unsertdnad lagnague, cnoidser the prpsectveie of oterhs and qikculy laern new tihgns."

Less than 1% can explain why.

Join the 1%; learn Psychology.

We have a strong team of social scientists, who are all subject specialists in the areas they teach. Our assessment practise and the understanding that our teachers have avout the processes of external examination enables our learners to focus upon the core skills for success. We have written the majority of the resources we use ourselves and they are tailored specifically for the courses we provide.

Course content

At AS Level you study

How humans use social pressure to influence eachother’s behaviour. The models and weakness of

our memory. How human infants attach to theirparents and the foundations of love. The causes of

and treatments for Depression. Approaches tounderstanding within Psychology and the process

of researching human behaviour.

Full A-Level course as above plus the following

additional sections

Biopsychology which is how the nervous systemaffects our behaviour. The psychological

explanations for variations in and causal factors orHuman Relationships, disordered eating behaviours

and interpersonal aggression. Issues and debatesin psychology: a critical appraisal of some of the

weakness within modern Psychology.

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE Mathematics, grade B inGCSE English Language, grade B in GCSEBiology. Grade B in a Humanities GCSE[History, Geography, RE, Citizenship], with aminimum of 5 GCSE grade Cs or above.


The examination uses a combination of short answer questions and extended essay style responses. We tailor our sessions to develop the literacy skills to meet all of the assessment objectives, whilst developing the skills of analysis and the techniques of a sustained explicit evaluation. We have written our own bespoke texts for the specifications and are pioneering a structured approach to literacy support and developmental feedback and reflection.

Future opportunities

Psychological understanding is becoming much more prominent as we move into the 21st century. Education, caring professions and the business world are all beginning to tap into the understanding of Psychology. Universities respect the scientific approach of the research undertaken in our discipline, and there is a growing respect for the difficult nature of Psychology.

Further information

In 2014, just under 20% of the 44 students who sat AS Psychology achieved an A grade, and 75% of those sat the A2 exam received C or above.

Combines well with Sociology, Biology, History and English.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Highfields School directly.

Last updated date: 23 July 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years