Psychology A-Level at The Nottingham Emmanuel School
Psychology is “the scientific study of behaviour, experience and mental processes”. The course examines human (and some animal) behaviour from different perspectives including biological, cognitive, humanistic, behaviourist, social learning theory and Freudian ideas with the psychodynamic approach.
The course aims to provide you with an understanding of the core areas of Psychology (those approaches above) and to help you to develop the skills of application of theory to topic areas including gender, autism, forensics, and child development which we look at more closely. Research methods employed by psychologists are also examined, delving into fascinating questions such as:
- What is memory and why do we forget?
- Is gender necessarily related to sex?
- Why are we likely to conform to our social groups?
- How can Psychology benefit the criminal justice system?
Students should have a minimum of a Grade B in GCSE English and Maths.
Students who have studied Psychology have gone onto higher education in a variety of fields including Law, Medicine, Anthropology, Biological Sciences and Nursing: many go on to study it at University in its own right. A degree in Psychology can then lead onto various areas of psychological study: Clinical Psychology, Educational Psychology, Occupational Psychology, Criminal or Legal Psychology, Sports Psychology
Psychology is a multi-disciplined subject. You will require an interest in science as large parts of the course are concerned with biological explanations of behaviour. Mathematics will be required to support an understanding of research and the statistical methods used to interpret it. Psychology is also an essay based subject, so critical skills similar to those used in English, History and Religious Studies will be required.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Nottingham Emmanuel School directly.