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Psychology A Level at Benfield School

Course description

Why do we feel, think and behave the way we do?  Why is it that some people suffer from stress and mental illness?  Why do some people fear snakes, yet a few think they are nice?  Psychology looks at questions like these in the study of the human mind and behaviour.  It is a science with cutting edge research that has real world applications to issues in everyday life.

Psychologists observe and measure behaviour and their therapies are based on scientific study.  Psychology has links with many disciplines including biological, computer and forensic science as well as humanities.

Course content

In the first year you will study topics such as Social Influence, Memory and Childhood Attachment, Research Methods, Social Psychology and Cognitive Psychology.  This introduction will form a sound basis for the second year in which you study Forensic Psychology, Cognitive Development and Schizophrenia; developing skills such as how to view the world from different perspectives, how to plan and conduct scientific investigations, how to analyse and interpret data and critical reasoning skills.

There are three units: two inYear 12 and one in Year 13 where you will cover these in more details, along with further study into optional topics such as Schizophrenia and Forensic Psychology.    


The course is assessed through exams - two in Year 12 and three in Year 13.  

Future opportunities

Many of the students who study Psychology go on to University to study for a degree.  Psychology can help your career, either directly or indirectly.  Of course, if you wish to become a Psychologist, Therapist or Mental Health Worker this A-Level is essential.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 August 2016

Key information

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