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Psychology A level at Haileybury Turnford School

Course description

Psychology is the science of the mind and behaviour. It is a popular A’ level option and complements a wide number of other arts and science subjects. Psychologists investigate the way humans and other animals think and behave. All students study the psychology of memory, attachment in early childhood, social influence, psychopathology and different approaches in understanding human behaviour. In addition you will learn about the kinds of research methods that psychologists use, taking part in psychological experiments and carrying out psychological research of your own.

The full A’ level in psychology allows students some choice over three topics to explore in greater detail. Options include the psychology of relationships, the development of gender identity, the development of thinking and reasoning; schizophrenia, eating behaviour and disorders, the psychology of stress and stress management; the psychology of aggression, forensic psychology and the psychology of addiction. You’ll also learn about the nervous system, and some of the medical techniques used to map the brain.


Course content

The subject deals with human behaviour and attempts to find the reasons behind human thoughts and actions. A psychology student should approach the subject with a critical, open mind and appreciate that scientific theories require robust evidence. There is a lot of new terminology with sometimes complex scientific names, so it is important that students keep up with background reading and making summary notes in order to help consolidate their understanding.

Psychology lessons frequently involve challenging class discussions on the problems and issues raised by psychological research, applying and evaluating psychological theories, experimental practical work in lessons and as part of independent research projects, and sometimes individual or group presentations of material researched outside of lessons.

Entry requirements

Students need to have achieved an average level 5 in 5 GCSE subjects, minimum of level 5 in English language, and level 4 in Maths and C grades Science to study Psychology

Future opportunities

Psychology can lead to a variety of careers. Psychologists work in a variety of settings; e.g. clinical, forensic, educational, sports, business. But psychology is also relevant to a large number of other careers; education and teaching, social work and social care, psychiatry and medicine, media and journalism, to name but a few.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Haileybury Turnford School directly.

Last updated date: 18 October 2017
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