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Psychology A Level at Holy Family Catholic High School

Course description

Psychology is the study of human experience and behaviour. It tries to help you understand both your own and others' behaviour. If you have ever wondered why you feel stressed out, forget important information, laugh at jokes you don't understand, then psychology can provide you with answers. This subject combines well with both the arts and science subjects and encourages students to analyse the world around them.

Students will follow the AQA Specification to attain AS or A Level Psychology. The course covers the following modules:

Paper 1: Introductory topics in Psychology –Attachment, Social Influence, Memory
Paper 2: Psychology in Context—Research methods, Psychopathology and Approaches
Paper 3: Issues and Options in Psychology—Relationships, Schizophrenia, Forensic Psychology

Course content

In Year 12 you will look at the 5 main perspectives of Psychology- Biological, Cognitive, Behavioural; Psychodynamic and Positive Psychology. This will give you an insight into how Psychology evolved and how different perspectives can explain issues such as mental health, memory the body’s reaction to stress and the effect of environment on children.

In year 13 you will be able to study Forensic Psychology, which is a unit on criminal psychology looking at issues such as offender profiling and how juries make decisions. Other topics include memory, relationships and ethical issues. You will also take an advanced module on research methods.

Entry requirements

5 passes at GCSE with grade B or above in both English and Maths due to the increased mathematical content in the course.
An APS (average point score) of 43+ is recommended.

Future opportunities

If you are already considering a Psychology degree, this A level will provide the grounding that you need. You may also thinking about a career in a Psychology profession such as Educational, Clinical, Occupational or Forensic Psychology. Psychology combines well with biological sciences and social sciences and would be well worth considering for any kind of career where understanding behavior is helpful. This would include medicine, teaching, social work, business and management, the civil or armed services. The opportunities are endless!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holy Family Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 07 February 2017
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