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Psychology A Level at South Hunsley School and Sixth Form College

Course description

This course helps you to understand how we as individuals interact and behave in our own unique way but also how similar we are to one another. If you have a genuine interest in people, are thinking about entering a people orientated career and have a willingness to explore new concepts and challenging perspectives - Psychology could be the subject for you.

Course content

What will I learn?

The content covers a variety of modules, some of which are listed below.

Developmental Psychology

This unit focuses on the importance of early childhood attachments, the different theoretical explanation of attachment and how it can affect the development of adult relationships.

Cognitive Psychology

This unit covers key explanations of the development of cognitive structures, for example, models of human memory.  We explore how reliable our ability in the recall of information and question whether we can be an effective eyewitness. 


In these modules, you will gain insight into the world of mental illness. Key elements focus on what is normal and abnormal regarding human behaviour.  It will also be on a particular mental disorder, such as; Schizophrenia. This will give in-depth insight into the disorder and the different treatments of mental illness. 

Social Psychology

Social influence is very much part of our everyday life, these modules give us insight into why we conform and obey.  It allows us to explore the different explanations and consequences of our actions.

Approaches in Psychology

Psychology understands the uniqueness of human behaviour however not all psychologists agree with the cause or the reasoning behind this behaviour.  This module explores the different approaches and how they explain human behaviour.

Research Method

Psychology is a science and these units help you develop an understanding of the scientific process and the need to carry out research in order to support our understanding of human and non-human behaviour.  

The basics... 
  • The scientific study of human mind and behaviour
  • Perfect if you have an enquiring mind and are interested in people and the way they behave and think
  • Useful if thinking about pursuing a people orientated career


In each qualification you will either cover two or four modules (as described) and you will be externally tested at the end of the course with two or three formal examinations. You will develop a collection of key transferable skills that can be applied to other AS ans A Level subjects and help you progress on to university. These include; strong verbal, listening and written skills, debating, researching, interpretation of data, analysis and evaluation skills.

Future opportunities

Future careers

  • Counselling and Therapy
  • Education
  • Sports
  • Business
  • Criminal and Probation Service 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Hunsley School and Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 28 September 2017

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