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A Level Psychology at The Sandon School

Course description

Psychology is a very interesting subject for anyone who is interested in people. It not only helps you to gain an insight into yourself and others, it can provide you with many transferable skills that are useful in later life, such as critical analysis and logical evaluation. Psychologists apply scientific methodology to explain human behaviour. They formulate theories, test hypotheses through observation and experiment, and analyse their reports with statistical techniques that help them identify important findings. If you are interested in finding out why people behave the way they do or how the brain works then psychology could be for you.

Course content

AS Psychology covers some of the major perspectives such as behaviourism and cognitive psychology and well as looking at some of the historical aspects of the subject. The study of the scientific nature of psychology and the methods by which we obtain evidence to support the theories are critical aspects of the course. The A Level programme explores this material in more depth and detail. In addition to this there will be a focus on further aspects of applied psychology, taken from areas such as child psychology, criminal or forensic psychology and environmental psychology. At A Level we will also study some of the key issues and debates in psychology, such as ethical considerations, the nature-nurture debate, the free will-determinism debate and mental health.

Entry requirements

Students need to have achieved a B grade or above in GCSE English and at least one B grade or higher in Maths or Science at GCSE, or equivalent.

Future opportunities

Psychology is one of the most popular degree subjects in this country; this is because it has a big impact on all areas of life, from education and health, to the economy and crime. A thoroughly academic degree with aspects of meticulous scientific research, it is a psychology graduate's understanding of human thinking and behaviour that gives them that extra edge when applying for jobs. The mixture of human, theoretical and scientific understandings make psychology graduates some of the most versatile and attractive graduates in the market.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 June 2015

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