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A Level Psychology at Newbold Community School

Course description

Why should I study this course? Psychology is an appropriate course for anyone with an interest in understanding human behaviour. Having said this, next time you meet a psychologist, don’t assume that he or she can solve your problems or read your mind or don’t think that he or she is trying to ‘figure you out’ or judge you. That is NOT the point of psychology.
Psychologists study things you’ve probably never considered. They investigate the newly discovered phenomenon of something called mirror neurons, the question of which visual cues activate what areas of the brain, which is the stage of sleep in which we dream and so on.
Psychologists also focus on things that have probably happened to you or someone you know. Ever had a word ‘right on the tip of your tongue’? Does your cat come running every time it hears you opening a can? When you are driving, why do you stop at the sight of something as flimsy as a red light? Do some songs make you happy and others make you sad? Have you ever had a bad day and taken it out on your dog? Has a smell ever reminded you of an event or place in your past?
Psychologists study these and other common phenomena. Psychology also plays an important part in marketing. The fact that more cereal commercials are shown at night than during the rest of the day is no accident! Why should you study this course? Because psychology is a fascinating and rewarding subject!

Key features of the course.
Psychology is a very exciting field of study. It attempts to gain knowledge of how the mind works through the study of behaviour and, increasingly, the functioning of the brain. Psychology pushes us towards greater self-knowledge by making us more aware of our actions and personalities. There are the physiologists, child psychologists, industrial specialists, sports, cognitive and social psychologists – and that’s just the tip of a very large iceberg!

AS Unit 1 Cognitive psychology, Development psychology and Research Methods
AS Unit 2 Biological psychology, Social psychology and Individual Differences
A2 Unit 3 Topics in Psychology (3 out of 8)
A2 Unit 4 Psychopathology; Psychology in Action; Psychological research and the scientific method

Entry requirements

Grade C in English, Grade C in Mathematics and Grade C in Science is required for entry to this course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 September 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years