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Psychology (GCE 2 year) at Stoke Park School and Community Technology College

Course description

What is Psychology? One of the most common questions asked by students new to the study of psychology is "What is psychology?" Misconceptions created by popular media as well as the diverse careers paths of those holding psychology degrees have contributed this confusion. Psychology is both an applied and academic field that studies the human mind and behaviour. Research in psychology seeks to understand and explain thought, emotion and behaviour. Applications of psychology include mental health treatment, performance enhancement, self-help, ergonomics and many other areas affecting health and daily life.

Course content

What kind of student is this course suitable for? Psychology is a good subject to choose if you are interested in people, and if you are willing to examine your own thoughts, feelings and emotions. You will be developing logical skills of analysis and interpretation, and an appreciation of how psychology can contribute in our multi-cultural society. You should be strongly motivated by the desire to both understand and o explore why people behave as they do. Psychology is a challenging subject, the content is demanding and you will need to be to be able to work hard in class and work on your own, as well as being self-motivated to set personal goals and meet deadlines. It is a subject which will stretch any student in their capacity to think analytically and write coherently.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements Five A*-C Grades at GCSE including Mathematics and English Language at a minimum B grade.


AS Level—Two papers assessed by multiple choice, short answer questions and extended writing, each one hour and thirty minutes Paper 1—50% of AS Level, Social Influence, memory and attachment Paper 2—50% of AS level, Approaches in Psychology, Psychopathology, and research methods. A2 Level— 3 papers, with compulsory content in all papers and a choice of topics in Paper 3. Paper 1— 2hour exam, 96 marks in total and worth 33.33% of A level Compulsory Content: Social Psychology, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathology. Paper 2—2hour exam, 96 marks in total and worth 33.33% of A level Compulsory Content—Approaches in Psychology, Biopsychology, Research methods. Paper 3— 2hour exam, 96 marks in total and worth 33.33% of A level Compulsory Content— Issues and Debates in Psychology Optional: Choose 1 topic from Relationships, Gender or Cognition and Development. Choose 1 topic from Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour or Stress. Choose 1 topic from Aggression, Forensic or Addiction

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Future opportunities

Ideal for students who would like to read Psychology at University. Psychology complements subjects such as Biology, Sociology, English Language, Business studies, Politics and Sport. It also adds scientific discipline to Art, Design, History, Foreign Languages, Literature and Music subjects, as well as contrasting well with Mathematics, Economics and Computing. In terms of careers and professional opportunities - any area where you will work with others, whether it is in the caring professions, medicine, or in business, psychology is used in training and will always be useful! There are also plenty of opportunities to work as a Psychologist in education, health, organisations, clinical work and counselling, sport etc.  

Further information

For further information please contact post 16

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stoke Park School and Community Technology College directly.

Last updated date: 30 September 2015
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