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Psychology A level at Newent Community School and SIxth Form Centre

Course description

Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour.

Psychology is a SCIENCE and involves the study of mental processes and behaviour in the context of real life experiences. This course is for those who have an enquiring mind, like to discuss and wish to gain an understanding of how humans (and non-humans) develop, socialise and interact with each other. Psychology is not just an academic subject; it’s a life-skill.

Course content

Unit 1 Social influence
Why do people conform to group pressures and obey authority?

Unit 2 Memory
How do we remember and why do we forget?

Unit 3 Attachment
How and why do we form attachments to others?

Unit 4 Approaches in Psychology
What are the origins of Psychology and is Psychology a science?

Unit 5 Psychopathology
What is ‘abnormality’? And how do people develop Phobias, Depression and OCD?

Unit 6 Research Methods
How is psychological research carried out and interpreted?

Unit 7 Biopsychology
How does the brain work?

Unit 8 Issues and debates in Psychology
Are Psychological studies biased in any way?

We will then pick to learn 1 topic from each of these option blocks:

Option block: 1 Relationships, Gender, or Cognitive Development
Option block: 2 Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour, or Stress
Option block: 3 Aggression, Forensic Psychology, or Addiction

Entry requirements

Students must have grades BCC from Mathematics, English Language and a Science (including Psychology). (The B can be from any of the 3 subjects).

Future opportunities

Students will develop transferable skills that both support study in a wide range of subjects at university and the transition to employment, including quantitative and analytical analysis and forming and testing hypotheses. The development and application of mathematical skills prepare students for study of psychology and related courses at university.

Many of our students progress from this qualification to:

  • Higher education qualifications such as psychology degrees, and biology-related courses
  • Further education courses such as BTEC Higher Nationals such as the Higher Nationals in Applied Biology and Biological Sciences for Industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newent Community School and SIxth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 24 June 2015
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