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Psychology at Teign Academy

Course description

The course aims to develop a broad knowledge and understanding of core areas of Psychology such as social, cognitive, developmental, biological and individual differences. It will engage students in issues and debates in Psychology as well as studying topics including relationships, aggression, and mental disorders such as depression or schizophrenia. There are also opportunities to consider the way in which Psychology can be applied to contemporary issues, such as the media or addictive behaviour. There is a scientific element to the course, but at the same time the subject matter is firmly focused on understanding human behaviour. Where possible practical elements are included to allow an understanding of the research methods underlying this understanding. A distinctive feature of Psychology is the range of explanations for human behaviour, and students should enjoy evaluating and comparing these different approaches. In Year 12 modules are taken in May and June. Skills of knowledge, understanding, analysis and evaluation are examined through shorter resource-based questions and longer “mini essays”. In Year 13 assessment involves a module with three essays of 30 minutes each, and a final module involving essay questions and a structured, resource based question on research methods. Both these modules are taken in June.

Entry requirements

As well as the basic 5 GCSEs grade A-C, at least a grade B in a related subject is highly desirable.

Future opportunities

There are many ! A number of our previous students have gone on to study Psychology at university – this is a competitive subject and we are pleased with their success. Their courses included specialisation in areas such as health, occupational, counselling and forensic Psychology. Links exist to a wide range of subjects, some of which directly develop your understanding of Psychology and others which draw on the more general skills developed. Psychology counts as a “science” and is generally accepted as part of a package suitable for degrees in a range of subjects including medicine. A number of students have gone on to teacher training degrees with Psychology as one of their subjects. Psychology also provides a strong background for subjects such as law – where the critical thinking skills and assessment of evidence are valued - as well as subjects such as public relations, marketing and business.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years