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Psychology A Level at St Vincent College

Course description

Students study five approaches (Social, Cognitive, Psychodynamic, Biological and Learning) at AS to gain a foundation in psychology. At A2, students are then able to develop their understanding through a selection of applications including Criminological and Child. Students consider conflicting and complementary explanations to clinical issues and major debates. A series of short practical experiments and tests accompany the approaches and allow students to develop an active knowledge of the scientific aspects of psychology.

The course provides a general introduction to Psychology and its wide variety of approaches. There are laboratory-based scientists at one end of the spectrum and the dream-interpreting psychologists at the other. You will soon realise that there are no clear-cut answers to the questions psychologists ask, but a variety of interpretations about why we behave in the way that we do.

There is a strong emphasis on research methods and statistical analysis throughout the course. You will carry out several mini-investigations and will write up a brief report. These will be tested in
examined units and will enable you to put into practice the research skills and statistical techniques you have previously learned.

Course content

AS Level

Unit 1: Social and Cognitive Psychology
Unit 2: Understanding the individual

A Level

Unit 3: Applications of Psychology
Unit 4: How Psychology Works

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at grade A* – C, including English, Maths and Science.


AS: 100% examinations
A2: 100% examinations

Financial information

Various conferences and trips which, in the past, have included the Freud Museum, Marwell Zoo and the Science Museum

Future opportunities

• Higher Education for degree courses in this or other subjects
• To a range of careers involving people

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Vincent College directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

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