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Psychology AS at Charles Darwin School

Course description

Psychology seeks to explain why people act, perceive, think and feel as they do. Psychologists study thought and behaviour at many levels from the detailed structure and function of the brain through to social and cultural processes. We apply scientific methods to human behaviour and look at how it can be applied in areas such as education, health, forensics and sport. The course has been designed to develop students' critical thinking skills; provide students with a sound understanding of the various methods and approaches in psychology; inspire the ability to interpret, evaluate and comment. At AS students will develop a broad knowledge and understanding of the core topics of modern psychology: social, cognitive, developmental, biological and individual differences. These are studied in two units.

Entry requirements

GCSE English, Maths & Science Grade B

Future opportunities

Psychologists work in many different areas of society and are concerned with practical problems such as: helping people to overcome depression, stress, trauma or phobias; easing the effects of parental divorce on children; speeding up recovery from brain injury; helping to stop of prevent bullying at school or in the workplace; ensuring that school pupils and students are being taught in the most effective way; making sure that people are happy at work and perform to the best of their abilities; helping the police, courts and prison service to perform more effectively; helping athletes and sports people to perform better. More information about the different types of psychologists and the career options open to those studying psychology can be found on the BPS website: http//www.bps.org.uk/careers/what-to-psychologists-do/areas/areas_home.cfm You do not have to follow a career in psychology just because you have taken GCSE, AS, A2 or equivalent in psychology. If you think you might go straight from GCSEs or AS/A2 levels into employment, psychology is a god subject to take because knowing how people act is extremely useful in almost any job. GCSE, AS/A2 and equivalents in psychology are attractive to employers because they develop a number of transferable skills. GCSE, AS/A2 and equivalents in psychology develops oral, visual and written communication, problem solving, numeracy and statistical skills, critical and creative thinking, decision making, organisational skills, team working and IT skills. Psychology is particularly relevant to any job that involves working directly with people (such as public relations, marketing, customer services or retail management) or any job that requires the use of problem solving skills (such as science subjects) Students will also be encouraged to complete the Extended Project qualification in an area of psychology or other social sciences which will give them a chance to gain up to 70 further UCAS points.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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