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AS/A2 Levels: Psychology at Hind Leys College (Iveshead School)

Course description

Psychology is the scientific study of brain, mind and behaviour. 

Course content

Students learn about a range of psychological theories which are then used to understand and explain a variety of phenomena including: memory, attention, language, intelligence, moral development, learning, neuropsychology, obedience, helping behaviour, and psychological disorders. Students also learn about how psychology is applied in areas including criminal psychology, sport psychology, environmental psychology and child development. There is a strong emphasis on research and, as well as looking at the series of core studies, students are also heavily engaged in doing their own investigations using key methods such as experiments, observations and questionnaires. Underlying the whole course are a number of debates such as the nature/nurture debate, the free will/determinism debate, and holism/reductionism debate, as well as issues such as ethics, ethnocentrism and sampling bias. 

Entry requirements

Minimum of grade 4 in English and grade 5 in Maths and 3 other A*-C GCSEs.


Three written exams covering Research Methods, Psychological Themes through Core Studies and Applied Psychology, all of equal weighting. 

Future opportunities

This course is suitable for students who wish to pursue careers in medicine, social work, teaching, uniformed services, human resources, sales and marketing, research, management and many others.

You could take this course with other advanced level courses such as a science or one of the humanities to prepare for higher education in Psychology or more general higher education courses.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask for Mr Chisholm.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 19 December 2016
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      Shepshed Campus is only a short distance off Leicester Road from the A512, off Junction 23 of the M1.  The nearest train station is Loughborough.

      Bus links include Arriva bus nos. 126 and 127,  Paul Winson nos. 4 and 129, connecting Shepshed to Leicester, Loughborough, Coalville and Ashby de la Zouch.  

      Students attending Hind Leys College from the catchment areas and neighbouring villages are bussed to college through the Leicestershire County Council school transport provision.