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Psychology A Level at Darrick Wood School

Course description

Psychology is both an applied and academic field that scientifically studies the human mind and behaviour. Research in Psychology seeks to understand and explain thought, emotion, attitudes and a wide variety of behaviours.
Students will follow the Edexcel Specification which has been designed to develop breath of knowledge, critical thinking skills and an appreciation of the relationship between the different aspects of Psychology. You will be expected to design, carry out and critically analyse your own research using experimental and non-experimental methods. This two-year course will challenge you to understand human behaviour from several different perspective and will help you to develop the critical analytical skills you will need for university and the world of work. It is a most enjoyable but challenging subject.

Course content

A Level Units
Paper 1: Foundations in Psychology - Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Biological Psychology and Learning Theories
Paper 2: Applications in Psychology - Clinical Psychology (Abnormality, Schizophrenia and one other disorders and treatments), Child Psychology (attachment, deprivation, privation, developmental issues of Autism)
Paper 3: Psychological Skills - incorporating Research Methods and Research studies
Issues and Debates shall be covered throughout all topics

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics
Grade 6 in the Biology element of GCSE Science is preferred


Paper 1 Examination 2 hours
Paper 2 Examination 2 hours
Paper 3 Examination 2 hours

Future opportunities

Include: Research, Education, Criminal Justice System, Marketing, Human Resources, Advertising, the Media, Law, Health Care, Social Work, Sports training/Coaching, Psychotherapy, Counselling, Childcare, the treatment of mental health disorders, Performance Enhancement, Psychiatry, Life Coaching, Ergonomics and many other areas affecting health and daily life.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Darrick Wood School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September


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      By Rail: Orpington Railway Station is approximately 7 minutes by taxi.

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