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A Level Psychology at The Bishop of Winchester Academy

Course description

Psychology is the scientific study of the mind and behaviour.  It seeks answers to such questions such as why do people behave the way they do? Would you be likely to help someone if they collapsed on an underground train? Are the brains of taxi drivers different from the brains of non-taxi drivers? Why do people develop phobias? Will children imitate aggressive behaviour? We look at issues such as how we remember and forget, causes of eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia, how infants bond with their parents, how different parenting results in different behaviours, and the psychological and physiological causes and effects of stress (very useful information for hard pressed A Level students!)

Course content

Psychology is an academic subject and will therefore require quiet reading, note-taking and essay writing. Lessons will be varied. Class activities could include discussions and debates; experiments; role-play; film clips and student presentations.

Entry requirements

Students should meet the standard 6th Form entry requirements.  No previous study of Psychology is necessary.  However, students should have achieved a minimum of a GCSE grade B in this or a related subject, as well as in Maths and English Language, as a reasonable grasp of mathematics and good writing skills are essential for success on this course.  An interest in the study of human behaviour is also important.


The course will be assessed through written examinations.

Future opportunities

The skills and knowledge of Psychology are relevant to any career involving contact with other people. Whilst they will be particularly relevant to such careers as teaching, medicine, personnel management and social work, they are also relevant to careers in business, customer relations, the police, journalism and the law. An A Level in Psychology can help you into work but is also recognised as sound preparation for University. The subject has many and diverse career options. If studied at a higher level it can lead to work in Psychiatric hospitals and clinics. A popular career path is in criminal psychology. The Prison, Police and Probation Services all recognise the importance of the subject.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bishop of Winchester Academy directly.

Last updated date: 04 June 2015

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