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Psychology A Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Ashbourne Independent School

Course description

Psychology A level has experienced a surge in student demand in recent years and has become a popular choice for Ashbourne students who continue to achieve excellent results in this subject.

Psychology explores how the mind works and attempts to explain how and why people behave as they do. Memory, stress, depression, phobias, schizophrenia, prejudice and obedience to authority are just some of the areas discussed in the course.

Students will draw from a variety of resources including the Psychology Review journal, video clips of classic psychology experiments, online classroom software and extensive presentations dealing with all the assessment objectives.

Students will need to be rigorous in their research, methodology and evaluation when presenting their ideas and will need to examine issues from a number of different approaches including behavioural, cognitive and biological. A sound grasp of Maths and Biology is an advantage but students will receive plenty of help and guidance throughout.

Whilst we would love to tell students that studying Psychology will confer upon them the ability to read people’s minds (it doesn’t) or that it will make students more attractive to the opposite sex (it won’t do that either), there are still many reasons for studying this increasingly popular A level.

Learning how memory works and how to improve it, what causes stress and how to combat it are just two invaluable research areas that could help you get through your A levels more smoothly. You will also gain a fascinating insight into the causes of mental illness and methods for helping people cope, as well as exploring the reasons why some people do what they are told even when it goes against their moral beliefs.

Studying Psychology will help you to begin to understand your own thoughts and emotions and be able to empathise more with others by better understanding the context of their behaviour.

Course content

Psychology is the scientific study of mind and behaviour. It combines biological, cognitive and behavioural approaches to understand human behaviour.

AS and A level students will be introduced to a range of Psychology topics and will examine how psychologists carry out research, develop theories and implement therapies and treatment.

A level students will also look at current issues and debates in Psychology as well as exploring a selection of optional topics such as relationships, eating behaviour and addiction.

Below are the following topics:

  • Introduction
  • Psychology in context
  • Issues and debates

Entry requirements

Ashbourne aims to attract students with good character and solid academic achievements. The college takes great care with admissions and interviews each applicant. The interview is friendly, informal and without obligation.

Future opportunities

A level Psychology is unique in that it works with almost all other A levels. It is also an invaluable foundation for anyone planning to study a wide range of degree courses including Medicine, Biology, Nursing, Advertising, Psychotherapy, Educational Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Social work and Forensic Science.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ashbourne Independent School directly.

Last updated date: 10 November 2016

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