Psychology A level at Burntwood School
Psychology is the scientific study of mental processes and behaviour, and the application of such knowledge to real life. In year 1 students study two units; Unit 1 includes cognitive psychology (memory), developmental psychology (attachment), and research methods used by psychologists. Unit 2 includes biological psychology (in which we study stress), social psychology (studying how people obey and conform) and the psychology of individual differences (where we will look at causes and treatments for abnormal behaviour). In year 2 there are another two units with topics such as relationships and aggression, and students also investigate the influence of media and psychological disorders such as schizophrenia. They will also study Bio-Psychology. Throughout the course students study major themes and viewpoints that are the focus of practicing psychologists. Psychology is a fascinating subject that is continually evolving. Students are expected to take an active part in all lessons, which includes undertaking some psychological experiments and discussions. Throughout the course there will be opportunities to take part in field trips and study days.
5 A* to C grade/Level 9-4 passes at GCSE level including a C grade/Level 4 grade in a Humanities subject, Science and Maths.
As well as studying psychology at university, career opportunities include working in hospitals, in businesses, working with the police and prison services, working in schools, and undertaking research.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Burntwood School directly.