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Psychology - AS / A level at Suffolk One

Course description

Psychology is the scientific study of the human mind, behaviour and experience. This course will introduce you to psychological theories and methods, and will offer you the opportunity to investigate some of the explanations psychologists have used use to understand humans and their interaction. It is studied by considering past psychological theories and research in terms of their strengths, weaknesses and ability to explain human experience.

Course content

You will study different topic areas in psychology which provide a broad understanding of the ways in which psychologists approach the study of human behaviour. AS topics are as follows:

Cognitive Psychology: focuses on human memory structures and processes. It investigates how memories may be 'stored' in the mind, and why we remember some things better than others.

Developmental Psychology: focuses on the significance of the relationship we have with our primary caregiver (most often our mothers). It investigates the impact of this relationship on our later social development, including the consequences of Day Care.

Biological Psychology: focuses on the relationship between psychological stress and physical illness. It investigates the causes of stress, its treatment and why some people experience more stress than others.

Social Psychology: focuses on the ways in which we can be influenced by groups or other individuals. It investigates explanations for conformity, obedience and independent behaviour.

Individual differences: focuses on defining and explaining human mental abnormality. It investigates the different explanations and treatments for mental illnesses and disorders.

Research Methods: focuses on the scientific and statistical methods that psychologists use to carry out their research.

Entry requirements

Grade C GCSE English Language is essential, together with a grade C in either Maths or Science.


100% written examination

Future opportunities

Students who study Psychology develop skills that are transferable to a number of jobs and professions, including law, business, journalism, marketing, advertising, personnel work, management and many more. Students can go onto HE to continue to study Psychology or related subjects such as Criminology. Later, and often after post-graduate courses, they can enter employment in the areas of Occupational, Child, Clinical, Criminal or Educational Psychology, or they can go into work-related fields such as Social Services, probation or youth work, the Police and teaching. However, as Psychology is the study of human behaviour, it is valued in any number of careers where people are the main focus.

Further information

Which subjects complement this A Level?


Business Studies

English Geography


Media Studies

Physical Education


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Suffolk One directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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