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AS/A2 Psychology at The Bluecoat Academy

Course description

What will be studied ?

In Psychology we engage in the scientific study of the mind and human behaviour, particularly of individuals and small groups.

At AS level we will explore topics such as obedience, memory, psychological therapies, morality, atypical development, aggression, physiology, brain function and research methodology.

At A Level we conduct detailed examinations of the application of Psychology to the areas of Criminal/Forensic Psychology, Child Psychology, mental health and Abnormal Psychology.

We also engage in applied research methodology and design and conduct our own research projects.

How will I be assessed ?

The course can be taken as a stand-alone 1 year AS level or as a 2 year A level qualification.

At both AS level and A level, the course is assessed through a series of examinations. These include a combination of short and longer answer questions based upon psychological issues, approaches and debates as well as questions about the design and results of practical investigations.

Who should do this course ?

This subject appeals to students with an interest in human behaviour and the workings of the mind and brain. It suits those with lots of enthusiasm and drive and a willingness to work hard.

How is the course delivered?

The course is delivered through a variety of teaching and learning styles such as small group work, paired learning, role plays, media production, up front teaching and experiential learning.

What equipment will I need ?

It is strongly recommended that you buy the course text book (details can be obtained from staff) and you will need a folder, A4 lined paper and pens.

What next ?

Psychology is an excellent qualification that can lead directly to work or a range of different courses in further and higher education.

A Psychology degree is one of the most popular degrees in the UK. Psychology degrees attract both those from scientific and arts backgrounds and the mixture of applied sciences, philosophy and social studies means that students can take their studies in a number of directions. With a psychology degree your career options are vast, and those who don’t become trained psychologists often go into related psychology careers within healthcare, mental health support or in other people-focused roles.

Examples include arts and music therapy, social work, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and counselling.

Studying psychology does not limit you to healthcare roles, however. Psychology graduates can be seen working, researching and advising in every sector of society, including education, relationships, crime and punishment, advertising, management, workplace practice and sports training. 

Entry requirements

Previous study of Psychology is not expected although it is necessary to have passed at least five subjects including English and Maths at GCSE grade B or above, with one in a Humanities discipline, for example English, Geography or History.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 31 March 2015

Key information

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