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Psychology at Mark Rutherford School

Course description

You might think of psychology as listening to people on a couch and to an extent you would be right. However there is much more to the subject ... Psychology is a science and is the study of brain and behaviour. Psychology uses scientific methods to describe and explain behaviour which, in turn, allows us to predict and modify behaviour. Psychology can be theoretical, looking at how the brain wo rks and what drives our behaviour, including issues such as early childhood experiences and genetics.

Course content

Aims of the Course:

  • To develop a strong, balanced knowledge - base on the subject of psychology
  • To increase awareness of the skills, knowledge and understanding of scientific research methods
  • To boost competence in a variety of practical, mathematical and problem - solving skills
  • To appreciate how psychological research can contribute to the success of society
  • To foster an interest in and enthusiasm for the subject, incl uding further study and careers

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements apply, but y ou do not need any knowledge of psychology to undertake this course. However, the nature of the course means that having a 5 grade or better at GCSE Maths and English Language is strongly advisable. The course involves essay writing, analysis of data using statistics and interpretation of evidence. You will be assessed by e xamination s (100% ) ; t here is no coursework.


Psychology is a linear course which means that you will take the external assessments at the end of Year 13. There will be three, two - hour examinations . Throughout the cou rse you will complete regular internal assessments in class, to measure your progress towards your target grade.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Mark Rutherford School directly.

Last updated date: 01 November 2017

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