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Psychology at The Hewett School

Course description

Psychology is the study of the human mind. It attempts to explain how we think and why we behave as we do. In this course you will study many aspects of Psychology, including Social Psychology: Obedience and Prejudice and Cognitive Psychology: Memory and Forgetting. You will also explore psychology of the individual focussing on the psychodynamic approach, which is about understanding the influence of unconscious processes and the importance of early childhood on our behaviour, the biological approach which considers the influence and impact of genes and the nervous system on individual differences and the learning approach which takes into account the effects of conditioning, reinforcement and social learning on behaviour.

At A2 you will look at how Psychology can be applied to the real world. The focus is on evaluation and assessment, application and comment. You will study criminological psychology; understanding the definition and causes of crime and the identification, judgement and treatment of criminals, as well as the debate about whether criminals are born or made, and child psychology; assessing the importance of early attachment, exploring deprivation and privation, investigating ADHD and also looking at the effects of day care on a child’s development.

Finally you will explore aspects of clinical psychology, which looks at, amongst other things, how the approaches already studied at AS explain and treat mental health issues, specifically schizophrenia and unipolar depression. Issues and debates are discussed in this unit, including the contributions of Psychology to society, ethical issues, research methods, the nature-nurture debate, social control, and whether or not Psychology should be called a science.

Psychology is a very popular A-Level and combines well with other related subjects such as mathematics and biology but also has links with arts subjects such as Film Studies, English Literature, Art and Photography.

Students of Psychology may, following higher education, go on to a diverse range of careers, such as teaching, research, health care, social work, law, business and many more.

Entry requirements

The course requires that you have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSE’s grade C or above, including English, Maths and Science. If Psychology has been taken as a GCSE then a minimum C grade is expected for continuation to A-level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Hewett School directly.

Last updated date: 04 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years