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Psychology A level at Holy Cross Sixth Form College

Course description

Psychology is an interesting, challenging and exceptionally useful subject which is advantageous to a wide variety of different careers. Psychology will provide you with a scientific understanding of human behaviour and help to develop the critical thinking and research methodology skills necessary for many degree level courses.

Course content

Psychology is the scientific study of behaviour and experience. Anything that people do, think or feel can be studied by psychologists. Psychology appeals to many students with different backgrounds and interests. Students take Psychology alongside science subjects, humanities and arts. Psychology can help students to gain a deeper scientific understanding of themselves and others. Studying Psychology will develop an understanding of the biological and psychological mechanisms involved in both normal and abnormal behaviours. Students studying A Level Psychology will develop an understanding of a wide range of behaviours including:

• The causes and treatments of abnormality, including obsessive compulsive disorders and phobias.
• How the memory system works, including how we store memories, why we forget and eyewitness testimony.

• Human development, including how childhood experiences can affect adult relationships and insights from animal research.
• Different approaches used to explain behaviour, including the role of biology, learning, thinking and the unconscious mind.
• Research methods, including how psychologists carry out studies and investigate behaviour and experience.
• Social influence, including obedience to authority and how other people influence our thoughts and behaviour.
• Biopsychology, including sleep, functioning of the nervous system, brain scanning techniques, processes of synaptic transmission and brain areas involved in language.
• Stress, including the role of personality, relationship with illness and stress management.
• The importance of ethics, gender and culture in psychology.

Entry requirements

General college entry requirements. In addition, this must include a grade C or above in GCSE English Language or Literature, Maths and Science. (Any science subject with a pass that is equivalent to a GCSE grade C or above is accepted). You do not need to have studied Psychology before.

Future opportunities

Many students go on to study Psychology in higher education. Psychology can be useful in any job which involves dealing with people. Those intending to work in the caring professions, the police force and other services, as well as those aiming to work in the media, sports psychology, personnel, marketing, sales and market research will find something of relevance and interest when studying Psychology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holy Cross Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 October 2015

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