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A Level Psychology at Bournemouth School for Girls

Course description

Psychology is, literally, the study of the mind. However, today it has come to be the scientific study of the mind and behaviour. For example, the course looks at issues of how we remember and forget; what are the causes of eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia; how infants bond with their parents and how different parenting results in different behaviours and the psychological and physiological causes and effects of stress (very useful information for hard pressed AS students!).

The subject has many and diverse career options. If studied at a higher level it can lead to work in Psychiatric hospitals and clinics. A popular career path is in criminal psychology. The Prison, Police and Probation Services all recognize the importance of the subject. Another important area is counselling. Indeed it has been calculated that there are now more counsellors in Great Britain than there are Ministers of Religion! Research and teaching are other popular destinations for Psychology Graduates.


However, AS and A2 level study of the subject is interesting in its own right. Above all, as well as a wide range of academic skills, it helps students to develop an enquiring and informed mind.

Entry requirements

Of course no previous study is necessary. At AS level, mathematics is not as important as good writing skills. You will need to be comfortable with a calculator and do a little statistical analysis. At the A2 level the mathematics content increases, but essay writing is by far the most important skill.

As well as preparatory reading and producing written assignments you will be expected to take part in practical experiments.

In order to benefit from and enjoy the course, an interest in modern society and how and why people behave as they do is advisable.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bournemouth School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 20 April 2015
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