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Psychology at Brighouse High School

Course description

Psychology is the perfect course for you if you are interested in people and their behaviour. Some of the questions we aim to answer include:


What is “normal” and who decides this?

Why do people behave in “abnormal” ways?

How can behaviour, thoughts and personality be studied in a way that is scientific and objective?

As Psychology is a new subject to most sixth formers we aim in the first year to give you a broad overview of Psychology and the different specialist areas psychologists work from when carrying out their research.

Throughout the Psychology course you will also learn the skills of analysis and evaluation and use mathematical skills to interpret and calculate?

We have high expectations of Psychology students, you will be required to carry out independent study to consolidate your learning in lessons as well as complete regular homework that is set. You need to be motivated and enthusiastic and have a passion for learning about human behaviour. 

Course content

Year 12 Course Content:

  • Social influence
  • Memory
  • Attachment
  • Approaches in Psychology
  • Psychopathology
  • Research methods


Year 13 Course Content:

Compulsory content

  •  Social influence
  •  Memory
  • Attachment
  • Psychopathology
  •  Approaches in Psychology
  •  Biopsychology
  •  Research methods
  •  Issues and debates in psychology

Optional studies

Option 1

  •  Relationships
  •  Gender
  •  Cognition and development

Option 2

  •  Schizophrenia
  •  Eating behaviour
  •  Stress

Option 3

  •  Aggression
  •  Forensic psychology
  •  Addiction

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements: A minimum of 5 GCSE  A*-C grades including B grade in GCSE Mathematics and Science/Applied Science or C grades in single triple Science.


Assessment: A2 course 3 exams at the end of 2 years of study in May/June 2018

This is a two year linear course.  The AS is a standalone qualification if taken, and does not count towards the full A2.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brighouse High School directly.

Last updated date: 08 January 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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