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Psychology AS / A Level at Budmouth College

Course description

“Studying psychology is fun because you’re always looking for the same things I think a writer should look for, which is the story behind the story.” Cleave

Course content


Paper 1: Introduction to Psychology -what is memory and how does it work? Attachment –why is it needed and what happens when it goes wrong? Social Influence – why do some people blindly obey orders and some rebel? Could you deliberately harm someone just because you were told to do it?

Paper 2: Psychology in context- examining the origins of psychology and the different approaches psychologists use. Psychopathology – investigating the theories of abnormality, depression, OCD and phobias and research methods.

A Level

Paper 1: Introduction to Psychology: as above

Paper 2: Psychology in context: as above

Paper 3: Issues and options in Psychology. A range of different topics covered in depth: Gender, Schizophrenia, Addiction, Forensics.


Discussion, notes and presentations in lessons

Independent work - a vital skill!

Resources on FROG

Videos/ Podcasts

Skills of analysis and evaluation

Revision skills & exam technique

Revision classes Progress tests to track performance

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in the Sciences and Grade 5 or above in Maths and English.


AS (if taken): • Two Exams

A Level: • Three Exams

Future opportunities

What could you be?

Psychology is a massive area. You could work in education, the legal judicial system, counselling, and hospitals.

Where could you go?

Bath; Bournemouth; Bristol; Gloucestershire; Exeter; Plymouth.

Recent student destinations:

University of Bournemouth; Canterbury Christ Church; Plymouth; Solent.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Budmouth College directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2016

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