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Psychology at Outwood Academy Hemsworth

Course description

Psychology is a fascinating and challenging subject to study in the Sixth Form. You will learn to understand the reasons and motivators behind human behaviour and the facets of abnormal behaviour. Issues specifically related to Psychology such as ethics, culture and gender are discussed during the course, providing an insight into other areas of society. Psychology will give you a unique understanding of why people behave in a certain way and what causes human behaviour.

Students will develop a broad knowledge and understanding of the core areas of psychology (social, cognitive, developmental, biological and individual differences) through a range of topics chosen for their accessibility and popularity.

Course content

In the first year students will study: Biological, cognitive development, individual and social explanations or behaviour.

In the second year students will take an indepth look at:

Issues with mental health

Criminal psychology

Child psychology

What all these different approaches to Psychology have in common is a desire to explain the behaviour of individuals based on the workings of the mind. In every area, psychologists apply scientific methodology; they formualte theories, test hypothesis through observation and experiment and analyse with statistical techniques that help them identify important findings.



Entry requirements

 Students should hold a minimum of 5 A* - C GCSE grades (or the new Grades 4 - 9) including Grade C (Grade 4+) and above in GCSE English and Maths.

 As this course is assessed solely by written examinations, it is essential that you are strongly self motivated, enjoy working independently and that you can manage a significant workload.


AS Assessment: 100% Examination

A2 Assessment:  100% Examination



Financial information

Students will be expected to purchase a programme text book for A/S studies in Year 12 and if the student progresses to A2 in Year 13.

Future opportunities

Degree Level Psychology would be an obvious progression route but students with this A Level could look towards careers in Clinical Psychology (working with the mentally ill), Educational Psychology (working in schools to assist students to achieve their full potential) and Occupational Psychology (helping industry to select suitable employees).  In general terms, an A Level in the subject is useful for progression into teaching or personnel management, nursing, sport, forensic psychology, advertising and marketing.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 October 2016
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