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Psychology AS level at Edmonton County School

Course description

Psychology is the fascinating study of mind and behaviour of the individual. Psychology involves analysis of various theories of behaviour and the consideration of research studies which evaluate these theories. You will be encouraged to think critically when analysing why people behave in the way that they do- for example why do some people obey orders and others do not? Why do some people develop Schizophrenia? Which treatment for OCD is most successful?

Course content

Throughout the course you will learn the following topics- Social Influence, Memory, Attachment and ‘Abnormality’. You will also study and evaluate the following topics in great depth- Relationships, Schizophrenia and Forensic Psychology.

A range of Psychological approaches will be explored, with a focus on Biopsychology. Through the study of ‘Research methods’ you will learn how psychologists conduct their research, and also why psychology is considered to be a science. Finally you will study the way in which psychologists carry out statistical tests on the data that they gather when carrying out a psychological experiment. 

Entry requirements

To study Psychology you need a minimum of a Grade B in Maths, Science and English.


The AS will be assessed by in two examinations lasting 90 minutes, including both short and extended answers. 

Future opportunities

This subject is ideal for those wishing to study Psychology at university, and the skills developed within it (such as extended-writing) will also be relevant to a range of university courses.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September