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Psychology AS A2 at Elizabeth Woodville School

Course description

Psychology is the fascinating scientific study of behaviour. It has been used effectively by educationalists to discover how children learn; by professional psychologists to combat mental illness; by major employers to create the best environment to motivate employees; by lawyers and police officers to successfully cross-examine witnesses; by researchers to improve our understanding of the mind and brain mechanisms.

Course content

You will study how people interact, how we change and develop, how we think, how the nervous system works, how we differ from animals and how we decide what is normal and deal with learning difficulties and psychological disorders. At A Level the course focuses mainly on the ways that psychology has been applied. You will learn how to collect and interpret data in a practical way so that you experience the methods of science and develop the skills of conducting psychological research.

Entry requirements

It is advisable that students wishing to enter an Advanced Level course should be aiming to achieve at least a B grade in that subject at GCSE level.  For non GCSE subjects such as Psychology and Sociology a grade C in English is a requirement.  It is advised that students sitting the Advanced courses in Maths and Science should have sat the Higher GCSE papers, achieving an A/B grade.


The AS Level consists of three units and is by written examination involving some practical work. The A Level consists of a further three units and involves coursework plus two written examinations, in Health and Crime Psychology.

Future opportunities

Career pathsPsychology is useful in a wide range of careers including administration and personnel management, sales and marketing, teaching and computing as well as entry onto a variety of degree courses. It is one of the fastest growing subjects studied at university.

Further information

Quotes from our Ofsted Report 2003 ‘Very good teaching promotes very good learning’ ‘Good teamwork and relationships underpin a strong commitment to success’ ‘Students’ attitudes are exemplary they are highly motivated and display much enthusiasm for the subject’

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Elizabeth Woodville School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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