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Psychology A Level (AQA) (Block D) at The Folkestone Academy

Course description

The mind is something intangible that exists within our brain. An unseen process of enzymes, chemicals and electric current moving within the structure of our neural networks dictates why we feel, think and behave the way we do. But why is it that some people suffer from stress and mental illness? Why do some people fear snakes yet a few think they are cuddly?

Psychology looks at questions like these in the study of the human mind and behaviour. It is a science with cutting edge research that has real world applications to issues in everyday life, ranging from things like artificial intelligence to social change. Psychologists observe and measure behaviour, and their therapies are based on scientific study. Psychology has links with many disciplines including biological, computer and forensic science as well as humanities such as sociology, philosophy, anthropology and even literature. It involves study of theory, empirical evidence and practical applications. This mix of disciplines helps to make psychology such a fascinating subject.

The first unit of this course looks at social influence, memory, attachment and psychopathology. The second unit looks at approaches in psychology, biopsychology and research methods. The third unit looks at issues and debates in psychology, aggression, forensic psychology and addiction. This course will help you develop a number of skills: how to view the world around you from different perspectives; how to plan and conduct scientific investigations; how to analyse and interpret data; critical reasoning skills; and, how to put across your point of view fluently.

Course content

This course comprises three units, all of which are mandatory and all of which are assessed externally.

Unit 1 - Introductory topics in psychology
Unit 2 - Psychology in context
Unit 3 - Issues and options in psychology


Entry requirements

GCSE at Grade 5+ in English and Maths 


Written examination (2 h) – externally assessed (33.3%)

Written examination (2 h) – externally assessed (33.3%)

Written examination (2 h) – externally assessed (33.3%)

Future opportunities

Virtually any career which involves working with people would benefit from the study of psychology. It is recognised as an academic subject providing an excellent basis for dealing with people.

On successful completion of this qualification you may apply to study a wide range of subjects at university, including, of course, psychology. It is also useful to those considering a career in medicine and nursing, health and social care, teaching, the public services, criminology, sports and fitness and social work


Further information

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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: 27 October 2017
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