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Psychology A Level (AQA) at Stroud High School

Course description

Psychology offers the ability to understand moral, ethical, social and cultural issues. It is about you, the people around you and differences that exist in different people which will benefit you personally, socially and in any job that requires you to interact with or understand other people. Psychology offers maximum opportunity to acquire and develop the new ‘Key Skills’ of communication, application of number, information, technology, working with others, improving own learning and performance and problem solving. There are a number of employment opportunities in clinical psychology, industrial or occupational psychology as well as many personal benefits to be gained from studying Psychology. There are many other jobs where Psychology is indirectly used such as nursing, social work, teaching and business.

Course content

Introductory Topics in Psychology: memory (remembering, forgetting and eye witness testimony); attachment (how bonds are formed and their impact on later life); and social influence (conformity, obedience and independent behaviour). Psychology in Context: psychopathology and treatment (phobias, depression and OCD), approaches to psychology, biopsychology and research methods. Issues and Options in Psychology: relationships (the process of romantic relationships and modern day relationships such as those over social media), schizophrenia (diagnosis and treatment) and forensic psychology (offender profiling and dealing with offenders). Students sit three written papers covering the content from introductory topics in psychology and psychology in context and issues and options in psychology.

Entry requirements

Students are required to achieve at least a Grade 6 at GCSE level Mathematics and English Language. In Year 13 you will be required to write essays so a reasonable grasp of essay writing would be helpful although you will be given some guidance on how to write an essay.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stroud High School directly.

Last updated date: 25 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years