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Psychology at Framwellgate School

Course description

Why Study Psychology?

Research in Psychology seeks to understand and explain thought, emotion and behaviour of humans and animals. Psychologists use scientific methods in an attempt to understand and predict behaviour, to develop procedures for changing behaviour, and to evaluate treatment strategies.

Psychology is a combination of science and practice. Psychologists are interested in how people act, react and interact as individuals and in groups. Applications of psychology include mental health treatment, performance enhancement, self-help, ergonomics, and many other areas affecting health and daily life. The common factor linking people who study psychology is curiosity and the search for knowledge.

Psychology is a fascinating science concerned with the study of the mind and human behaviour. It has links with a variety of disciplines such as the biological, computer and forensic sciences, as well as with the humanities such as sociology, philosophy and literature. People who study Psychology gain a range of valuable skills such as viewing the world around them from different perspectives, the ability to plan and conduct scientific investigations and analyse and interpret data. In addition Psychologists develop critical reasoning skills. There are a large number of careers in Psychology, but the skills you learn will also readily transfer to many other careers.

Features of the Course:

The course will include the study of social influence which explores obedience and conformity, how our memory works, attachment and child development of relationships, approaches in Psychology, research methods and psychopathology which explores abnormality and psychological disorders.

All students are provided with access to online support and extra resources to support their learning.


Modules covered in Year 12:

Social influence, memory, attachment, approaches in Psychology, research methods and psychopathology.

Assessment in Year 12:

Examinations: At the end of Yr 12 there is an option to sit two papers which constitute the AS (both 1hr 30 mins) but this cannot be carried over to form the A2 accreditation; it is a stand-alone qualification.

Coursework: None


Modules covered in Year 13:

Biopsychology, issues and debates in Psychology, research methods, relationships, schizophrenia, forensic psychology.

Assessment in Year 13:

Examinations: 3 x 2 hour exam to constitute the A2 qualification.

Coursework: None


Entry requirements

 In order to enrol on sixth form courses, applicants will need to have achieved:

  • 5 A* to C Grades in separate subjects and in addition
  • Grade C in GCSE English Literature or Language
  • Grade B in any GCSE Science

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September