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Psychology AS level at The Dukeries Academy

Course description


Approaches in psychology

Origins of psychology: Introspection and the emergence of psychology as a science.


The divisions of the nervous system: central and peripheral (somatic and autonomic).The structure and function of sensory, relay and motor neurons.


Definitions of abnormality, including deviation from social norms, failure to function adequately, statistical infrequency and deviation from ideal mental health.

Research methods, scientific processes, data handling and analysis

The behavioural, emotional and cognitive characteristics of phobias, depression and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).The behavioural approach to explaining and treating phobias.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade B in a science subject. 5 A*-C grades at GCSE (including English and Maths).


The students will take two exams at the end of year one.

AS- qualification - Two 1 ½ hour exams at the end of year 1- these will consist of multiple choice, short and long answers worth 72 marks.

Future opportunities

The most common factor linking people who study psychology is a curiosity about the way people behave in different situations. Studying psychology provides an avenue for you to become more self-aware and to better understand the behaviour of others. Psychology provides basic knowledge and principles of human behaviour for students preparing for careers in social services, business, education, medicine, or law.

The skills you learn in psychology are transferable to many other careers; these skills include oral and written communication, computer literacy, numeracy, problem solving and the ability to carry out independent research.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Dukeries Academy directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year