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A Level Psychology at Ark St Alban's Academy

Course description

Have you ever wondered why we think and behave differently? Have you ever been interested in why some people develop brain disorders such as schizophrenia?

 

Psychology is the study of the ‘science of mind and behaviour’. It is concerned with all aspects of behaviour and the thoughts, feelings and motivations behind them. Those who study psychology have the opportunity to learn about, understand and evaluate issues happening in everyday life and their applications to the wider world.  

Psychology A Level equips pupils will skills in critical reasoning, research, statistical analysis and evaluation, communication and interpersonal skills.

Course content

AS

Unit 1: Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Research Methods

Unit 2 : Biological Psychology, Social Psychology and Individual Differences

 

A2

Unit 3 : Topics in Psychology (Pupils will study 3 of these topics)

 Biological rhythms and sleep, Perception, Relationships, Aggression, Eating behaviour,  Gender,

 Intelligence and learning, Cognition and development

 Unit 4: Psychopathology, Psychology in Action and Research Methods

Entry requirements

5 A*-C GCSE grades including English & Maths

 

Grade B in Science, Maths and either English or a humanities subject.

Assessment

AS

Unit 1: Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Research Methods

Unit 2 : Biological Psychology, Social Psychology and Individual Differences

 

A2

Unit 3 : Topics in Psychology (Pupils will study 3 of these topics)

 Biological rhythms and sleep, Perception, Relationships, Aggression, Eating behaviour,  Gender,

 Intelligence and learning, Cognition and development

 Unit 4: Psychopathology, Psychology in Action and Research Methods

Future opportunities

Where will it take me?

Further Study: Currently, there are over 300 psychology courses at degree level and it is an extremely popular and highly competitive subject.  The nature and variety of skills acquired at A Level however will prepare students for many degree courses such as law, medicine, science and PE.

                                        

Careers: Psychology can lead to a wide range of careers from and Educational, Clinical, Occupational, Forensic and Child Psychology to PR, Marketing, Broadcasting and Advertising.

Further information

Enrichment

Students will have opportunities to visit the health, police and prison services and research institutions. Staff have access to the British Psychological Society so will you be at the forefront of current research.

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

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