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Psychology at The King Edmund School

Course description

A Level Psychology is considered a valuable subject by a wide range of
industries and it will give you a good understanding of how scientists
investigate psychological phenomena. Essentially, psychology is a science
which studies human behaviour, and analyses its real world applications.
It involves study of theory, empirical evidence and practical applications. If
you have a combination of curiosity and scepticism, enjoy research and are
concerned about the welfare of others, then psychology is ideal for you.

Course content

The course features a set of underpinning concepts whereby you will come to understand how scientists investigate psychological phenomena. The course content is divided into 3 units which include areas such as memory, attachment, approaches in psychology, issues and debates, relationships, aggression and stress. Approaches in psychology will include learning about psychologists such as Freud and Bandura, and finding out about Pavlov’s dogs! In issues and debates you will explore various topics such as whether we have free will over our decisions in life or whether our actions are pre-determined. Other issues are explored including ethical issues in research and gender/culture bias. At certain times you will get the opportunity to carry out research.


Examinations will take place at the end of the course and will total six hours. The
examinations will test your knowledge, understanding and application of psychological theories and principles. There is no coursework or controlled assessment.

Future opportunities

A Level Psychology is a science and as such, when combined with other A Level subjects, will give you the option to continue with a wide range of studies or find employment in a variety of professions. You may choose to continue to higher education or seek employment in a public service profession. Psychology can help your career either directly or indirectly. If you wish to become a psychologist or mental health worker, this A Level is of direct value. But students who want a career in any of the caring services, or in marketing or business will find an understanding of psychology useful. Psychologists work in areas as diverse as education, law, counselling, management, journalism, advertising, sports, and human resources.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The King Edmund School directly.

Last updated date: 25 August 2016

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