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Psychology A-Level at Clevedon School

Course description

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.”

William James

Psychology is applicable and relevant to people from all walks of life, career paths and cultures. The scientific study of human thought and behaviour is as relevant to students today as it was to the early theorists. The investigation of psychological theories allows us not only to critically evaluate psychology as a science but also to apply findings to our own thoughts and behaviours.

Course content

This course allows students to develop an understanding of both historical and current psychological theory alongside an underlying theme of the importance of research methods. It aims to enable students to develop their interest and enthusiasm for the subject, including developing an interest in further study and careers associated with the subject. Also encouraging students to apply their knowledge to a wider context such as social situations, childhood experiences and psychopathology. Then finally to understand how society makes decisions about scientific issues and how the sciences contribute to the success of the economy and society.

Year 12

  • Social Influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology
  • Approaches
  • Biopsychology
  • Research Methods

Year 13

  • Issues and debates
  • 4 of the following topics
  • Relationships
  • Gender
  • Cognition and Development
  • Schizophrenia
  • Eating Behaviour
  • Stress
  • Aggression
  • Forensic psychology
  • Addiction

Entry requirements


In order to be admitted onto Level 3 courses, students should satisfy all the following requirements:

  • At the end of Year 11 secure a minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C at GCSE.
  • Secured at least a grade B at GCSE in the subject that the student wishes to study at Post 16, or the same grade in a related subject where it has not been previously studied GCSE.
  • Have demonstrated, through their previous education career, the level of self-motivation and commitment required for Post 16 study.

NB. In exceptional cases one or more of the above requirements may be waived at the discretion of the Headteacher or his designated member of staff. The school reserves the right not to admit onto the requested course, despite meeting the above requirements, if on educational grounds it is not considered to be appropriate to the needs and ability of the student concerned.


Assessment is through terminal examination.

Future opportunities

Psychology at Advanced level allows students to develop key processes as well as specialist knowledge. Psychology students leave the course having extended their evaluative and analytical skill base preparing them for futures both at university and in the work place. Psychology is applied in many areas within the wider world context allowing the development of careers in fields such as education, sport, health, media and criminology, as well as extensive opportunities in research.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 May 2015

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