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Psychology A-Level at John Port School

Course description

Psychology is defined as the scientific study of mental processes and behaviour. This course offers an engaging and effective introduction to psychology. Students will learn the key components of the subject and develop skills valued by Higher Education and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research.

Course content

Students will explore the workings of human memory, social influence, including explanations for obedience and minority influence, the importance of early attachments in childhood and psychopathology.

In year 13, students will also explore causes and treatments of schizophrenia, addiction and different approaches to how gender is acquired.

Key approaches in psychology (including biological psychology) and research methods and statistics are studied over the two year course, with an emphasis on the scientific method. Students will be required to conduct research and analyse data using different statistical tests.

Entry requirements

The general entry requirement for the Sixth Form applies. This should include GCSE English language at grade B or above plus Biology/Additional Science at grade B or above.

Future opportunities

Many students who study A-level psychology go on to have careers in the health service, the police force, education, counselling, the prison service etc. A psychology degree can lead to careers in clinical psychology, child/educational psychology, teaching, occupational psychology etc.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John Port School directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years