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Psychology A Level at Arnold Hill Academy

Course description

Why study this course?

Psychologists study human behaviour and in this course students learn about why humans act and think in the way they do, or in other words, what makes people ‘tick’. The course introduces you to all the major approaches in Psychology – biological, cognitive, psychodynamic and behavioural. It covers areas such as stress, memory, abnormal behaviour, aggression and sleep. It also includes practical work. Students learn scientific methods by working in small groups to investigate aspects of behaviour such as eye witness testimony and aggression.

What support and enrichment will I get?

There is a weekly Psychology Club for support and wider activities. We also invite a number of speakers into school to speak with Post 16 students. A range of extra-curricular trips and activities include a trip to London, Nottingham Playhouse, Broadway Cinema, a sleep deprivation study night and a number of revision conferences. There are also a number of revision sessions prior to examinations.

Entry requirements

In addition to the standard entry requirements for the Sixth Form, students should have achieved grade 6 or better in GCSE English Language, and a minimum GCSE grade C in a Humanities subject or a GCSE Science subject as this demonstrates their ability to meet the demands of this Post 16 course.

Future opportunities

Psychology is looked upon favourably by all Higher Education establishments and employers. Psychology can lead to specific careers in psychological fields such as industrial, educational, sports, clinical and forensic psychology. It can also lead to careers in counselling and therapy. It is a useful qualification to have if you are thinking of any career that involves dealing with people as it develops a number of transferable skills. It can lead, for example, to careers in teaching, health services, law and social work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Arnold Hill Academy directly.

Last updated date: 05 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years