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Psychology at Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School

Course description

Board

AQA

Outline of the Course

  • Unit 1 (Introductory Topics in Psychology): Social Influence; Memory; Attachment, Psychopathology
  • Unit 2 (Psychology in Context):   Approaches in Psychology; Psychopathology; Research Methods
  • Unit 3 (Issues and Options in Psychology): Issues and Debates in Psychology, Gender, Schizophrenia, Aggression

Course content

‘Before I began, I thought Psychology would be a bit like mind reading and that I wouldn’t be able to get the hang of it. Having studied it for a year, I now feel that Psychology is actually very logical and scientific.’

 

Do babies love their mothers when they are born, or are they just machines programmed to eat, sleep and cry? Why do you forget that sneaky little fact just when you need it for your exam? What is schizophrenia? Who was Freud? Would you give someone a lethal electric shock just because a man in a white coat told you to? If you have ever asked yourself any of these questions and would like to learn more about human behaviour, then A Level Psychology could be for you.

Psychology is the study of behaviour and mind. It attempts to answer everyday questions and often makes us look at things we take for granted in a new light. While psychologists have succeeded in answering many questions about human behaviour, some psychological findings are the subject of debate and controversy. For instance, many people dislike the behavioural idea that people only do things if they are rewarded. However, most people have a strong desire to understand human behaviour, and this has led to Psychology becoming one of the most popular and engaging sciences of our time.
Psychology helps you to develop a questioning and inquisitive mind. You will become experienced in identifying the key arguments of psychological theories, and will be able to critically evaluate them by considering what research can tell us. You will become practised at constructing arguments and applying your knowledge to new situations.
You will take part in simple experiments, group discussions and make use of multi-media resources.

(Provisional 2017-2018)

Entry requirements

Minimum entry criteria:

Guarantees a place on the course: 7 in Maths, English Language and Biology

May be accepted on the course: 6 in Maths, English Language and Biology

Assessment

Type of Assessment

Examination: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions

Duration

2 hours

Weighting

33.3%

Type of Assessment

Examination: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions

Duration

2 hours

Weighting

33.3%

Type of Assessment

Examination: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions

Duration

2 hours

Weighting

33.3%

Future opportunities

Psychology has links with Biology, Sociology and other subjects studied at university level, for example Anthropology. It is invaluable if you are considering studying the subject at degree level, but it is also useful for many other people-centred careers such as law, social work, nursing, teaching, police work, business or personnel management and counselling.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 13 June 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Can be 1 or 2 years

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