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Psychology A level at Abbeyfield School

Course description

It will give you an insight into your behaviour and the behaviour of other people around you. Although it is challenging, it is also really interesting.

Course content

- We study aspects of behaviour like multiple personality disorder, eyewitness testimony, autism, prisoners’ behaviour, gambling and aggressive behaviour

- You will study fifteen key psychological investigations through which you will explore aspects of Social Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Physiological Psychology and Individual differences. You will also learn about the Behaviourist and Psychodynamic perspective.
- You will also learn basic research methods.

- At A2 Level students study Forensic Psychology & Health and Clinical Psychology. In Forensic Psychology you will learn about the reasons for criminal behaviour; how the police use psychology to find criminals and prepare court cases; psychology of the court and of prisons. In Health and Clinical Psychology you will learn how to use psychology to improve health education & to relieve stress; the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders such as anxiety disorders, e.g. phobias.
- You will also study a range of perspectives, issues, methods & debates; also aspects of research design and implementation.

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE Maths and English; GCSE average score above 5.4 An eagerness to learn how we all develop personalities and a genuine interest in the behaviour of human beings, along with a willingness to accept new ideas.

Future opportunities

Psychology can be studied at university either as a Science or an Arts Degree.
- It will serve you well if you are considering any career that involves working with people.
- A higher proportion of social science graduates are in managerial and senior official roles than graduates of STEM or arts-humanities subjects, at the same point in time.
- A higher proportion of social science graduates are employed in the ‘professional, scientific and technical’ and ‘financial’ industries than STEM or arts-humanities graduates.
- Employers … in both the public and private sectors, are keen to recruit social science graduates because they have the skills of analysis and communication.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 March 2016
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