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A Level Psychology at Great Baddow High School

Course description

Psychology is the study of mind and behaviour. It seeks to examine the complexities of human behaviour and, through the use of practical research, develop theories and ‘laws’ for why we behave the way we do. It acknowledges individual differences and explores the reasons for these differences, leading to some of the most interesting fields of psychology, most notably clinical and forensic psychology.
Psychology is a subject which uses different approaches to explain behaviour:
- biological (medical/genetic)
- cognitive (thought processes)
- behavioural (learning through experiences)
- psychodynamic (unconscious)
- evolutionary (through evolution)
 
 

Entry requirements

B grades in English, mathematics and science (Biology) at GCSE are necessary to study psychology. It is a very analytical discipline, which demands critical thinking and evaluative skills. A good work ethic is also a must!

Assessment

AS
 
P1
Social influence
Memory
Attachment
50%
 
P2
Approaches in Psychology
Psychopathology
Research methods
50%
 
A2
 
P1
Social influence
Memory
Attachment
Psychopathology
33%
 
P2
Approaches in Psychology
Biopsychology
Research methods
33%
 
P3
Issues and debates in Psychology
Eating behavior
Relationships
Forensic psychology
33%

 

Future opportunities

Psychology can be useful for so many different careers, as it is the study of human behaviour, and all careers involve human interaction in some form. However, more specifically, it can either be used directly in one of the many areas of psychology, such as clinical psychologists in hospitals, or it can be used indirectly to assist in the accomplishment of many different careers such as:
- Health care, Human Resources, Teaching, Recruitment
- Police service, Prison/probation officers,
- Advertising, Marketing, Retail Marketing, Management

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Great Baddow High School directly.

Last updated date: 30 April 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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