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Psychology at Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy (Blurton)

Course description

Psychology is the study of human and animal behaviour and uses empirical evidence to support or critique these theories. Students who study psychology will apply theories to answer some of the most poignant questions of today such as; why did the holocaust happen? Is eye witness testimony reliable? Are we born criminal? Psychology is one of the most enjoyed and well respected A Levels in the UK and can guide students into a wide range of careers such as health care, medicine, marketing, management, education, police and many more.

Course content

  • What causes mental health issues?
  • How our memory works
  • What causes prejudice?
  • Are criminals born or made?
  • Why are we obedient?
  • How reliable are eyewitness testimonies?
  • How much does our childhood impact on our later lives?

Not only will you answer the above key questions but you will study and understand the social, learning, psychodynamic and biological approaches to psychology and in the second year you will apply these and study criminal, child and clinical psychology.

Entry requirements

5A*-C including GCSE grade C or above in Maths, English and Science.

Exceptions may be made but you must speak to Miss D Hughes/Mrs D Wilcox


Paper 1 - Introductory topics in Psychology


Written examination - 1 hour 30 minutes


Paper 2 - Psychology in Context


Written examination - 1 hour 30 minutes

Financial information

Bursary applications are means tested

Future opportunities

  • Many different career opportunities
    • Nursing
    • Psychiatry
    • Law
    • Teaching
    • Speech and language therapy
    • Human resources


Further information

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ormiston Sir Stanley Matthews Academy (Blurton) directly.

Last updated date: 08 October 2015
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Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Donna Wilcox
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01782 882249
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