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Psychology A level at Oasis Academy Brightstowe

Course description

The key questions in psychology enquire scientifically about the human mind and behaviour: ‘Why do people act in such a way?’ This subject offers the chance to try to understand human behaviour and the human mind in the modern world from a systematic and scientific perspective, examining and critically analysing established research conducted by psychologists. An interest in people is essential as is an open, analytical and enquiring mind. The emphasis is on psychology as a science.

Course content

AS Units

1) Social influence, memory and attachments

2) Approaches, psychopathology and research methods

A2 Units

1) Social influence, memory, attachments and bio-psychology

2) Approaches, psychopathology, research methods and issues & debates

3) Relationships, schizophrenia and either aggression OR forensics

Entry requirements

NBP16C level 3 entry requirement, including at least C in English, maths and science at GCSE with preference for grade B or above in these.


A variety of teaching and learning methods will be used including teacher-led activities, small group work, personal independent research and discussion. Roleplay and class-based demonstrations may also be used. You will be encouraged to make use of the vast array of information available online, in books, on TV, in film, on the radio and in other media. You must be prepared to study hard, engage with the subject both inside and outside the classroom, to read widely, independently and to practice your writing technique.

Future opportunities

Given that psychology involves a critical understanding of what makes people tick, it can be useful in all aspects of life - personal, social, academic and professional. Universities welcome psychology A’ level for both arts and science-based courses as it complements any subject combination and a variety of academic disciplines.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Oasis Academy Brightstowe directly.

Last updated date: 10 July 2015

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