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Psychology at Clyst Vale Community College

Course description

Until you try it, you won’t know. If you are a ‘people watcher’, if you enjoy thinking about why people behave in the waythat they do or if you want to understand yourself better, then this course might be for you. If you are someone who enjoysdiscussing ideas or theories as well as criticising these, then this course might be for you. If you think you have a goodunderstanding of human behaviour, then this course might be for you.

Psychology (AQA specifi cation A) is a well-established course at Clyst Vale Community College and has remained a consistently popular choice for Post 16 students because they find the course interesting, different and relevant.

In the first year students will study: how their memory works and ways to improve it; the attachment between babies and parents, the effect of extreme neglect upon a child’s development; how other people can influence them to commit atrocities that go against their own beliefs; stress, its effects and ways of coping with it as well as different explanations of psychological problems. Integrated throughout this course is looking at all the researchmethods psychologists use to study human behaviour, where a ‘B’ grade in Science and Maths is essential.

In the second year students study relationships, intelligence and eating disorders. There is also a detailed look at depression and media psychology. We also study the different approaches used in psychology and become more adept at criticising and evaluating theories. The assessment is essay based and therefore a good grasp of the English language is a necessary requirement.

Entry requirements

You need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade B including English, Mathematics and Science. The course assumes no previousknowledge of Psychology, just a willingness to work hard and complete all work set.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Clyst Vale Community College directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years