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Psychology A Level at St Edmund Campion Catholic School

Course description

In 1963, Stanley Milgram asked individuals to administer electric shocks to a stranger. He didn’t expect anybody would obey him due to the risk of seriously hurting someone. To his amazement, every single person administered an ‘Intense Shock’ and 65% of people pressed the shock button labelled ‘XXX’. He was shocked. How and why could people do this to another person? Psychology helps us grapple with key questions about human behaviour; to consider the answers to questions such as, ‘why somebody would cause harm to another person?’.

Psychology is the fascinating and scientific study of behaviour. You will study how people interact, how we change and develop, how we think, how the nervous system works, how we differ from animals behaviorally and how we decide what is normal or abnormal behaviour. You will develop your ability to think critically and analytically, further develop both your oral and communication skills and your ability to plan statistically viable experiments.

Course content

Year 12: Social Influences (why do we conform to a group? Why might we cause harm to another person? How are we influenced by others?), memory (how do we remember information? Why do we forget some things?), attachment (how does child psychology help us to explain relationships between parents and infants? How do our relationships with parents affect us later in life?), approaches in Psychology (what are the key ways in which Psychology explains behaviour?), Biopsychology (how do our genes and nervous system affect our behaviour?), psychopathology (what is depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder and phobias and how do we treat them?), research methods.

Year 13: 2 optional units for example relationships (why are we attracted to certain people? Why do couples split up?) and schizophrenia (how do we explain schizophrenia and treat it?), issues and debates.

Entry requirements

B in Science or a B in Biology

5 in Maths GCSE

Future opportunities

Psychology is a highly-respected A Level due to the academic demands of the course, and students who do well on the subject go on to study their chosen courses at top universities. Due to the range of skills Psychology gives you, even if you do not wish to further study Psychology, it prepares you to study a range of subjects and courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Edmund Campion Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 22 August 2017
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