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Psychology A Level at St Cuthbert Mayne School

Course description

A two year course. This is a stimulating specification, which covers all the key areas of Psychological Investigation. A high level of motivation is vital for this demanding course. The course is split into three modules. The subject asks many interesting questions about the human mind and human behaviour.

The Components that we will cover are:

Component One:            
Approaches to Psychology
What are the different ways Psychologists use to explain Behaviour?
What are the key studies connected with each approach?

Component Two:            
Investigating Behaviour
This module focuses on the importance of conducting proper research when investigating behaviour.

Component Three:        
Implications in the Real World

Part 1: Applications
We will study 3 of 6 behaviours: Addiction, Stress, Criminal Behaviour, Autism, Schizophrenia and Bullying.

Part 2 Controversies
We will study large areas of debate: Sexism, Ethics, Bias and Psychology as a science.

What makes the subject so interesting is the fact that you have to make up your own mind about the information and theories put before you. The key difference from GCSE is that you have to build a lot of your own ideas into the written work you produce. You also have to learn a lot of information, but the best grades are achieved by those who take an imaginative and questioning approach. We want you to take away with you a good grade, as the vast majority of our students do, but that's not all! We want you to gain knowledge that will make your life more rewarding and fulfilling and skills that will help you cope and succeed in the 21st Century. Qualities like determination, confidence, organization and self-reliance that will make you a more successful person. Experiences that you will remember for the rest of your life - Welcome to Psychology!

Entry requirements

5 A* - C Grades, including Grade 9 – 4 English Language and Mathematics


There are three exams (2hrs 15 minutes each) which take place in summer at the end of Year 13.

Future opportunities

Social Work and other caring professions such as Nursing, Teaching, Human Resources.   Also business applications like Marketing and Advertising.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Cuthbert Mayne School directly.

Last updated date: 17 March 2017

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