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Psychology AS A Level at Saint Mary's College, Blackburn

Course description

Psychology is a very popular subject with a wide variety of topics studied. The importance of understanding human behaviour and mental processing is now being recognised by a variety of occupations and fields in society. Its rise has been further reinforced by popular media exposure. The subject is now recognised as a full Science so one must be aware that large parts of the course are biologically based and there is an emphasis on using the scientific method in the study of human behaviour. Psychology scientifically investigates, analyses and explains contemporary issues on human functioning. It helps you pose questions and gain a deeper meaning and understanding of people’s nteractions and motivations. At AS Level two modules will be studied. The course begins with an introduction into Psychology and understanding the different Approaches and Methods used to study human behaviour. A selection of topics are then studied from key areas in Psychology such as Biological Psychology, Gender Development, Memory, Conformity, Obedience and Anxiety Disorders such as Phobias and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Psychology will allow you to explore key explanations of human behaviour such as the genetic basis of behaviour, influence of the brain and nervous system, the effect of early experience on personality, the effect of social influences and the environment on human behaviour and an in-depth look at How Science Works through the use of research methods and practicals. A further two modules are studied at the Advanced Level in Year 13. The A Level entails more applied areas of Psychology such as Child Development, Cognitive Psychology, Advanced Research Methods, Substance Abuse, Key Debates and a synoptic module.

Entry requirements

English Language grade C. A science subject is required at grade B.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saint Mary's College, Blackburn directly.

Last updated date: 15 October 2015

Key information

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