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Psychology A Level at Gordano School

Course description

Psychology is the science of the mind. The human mind is the most complex machine on Earth. It is the source of all thought and behaviour. But how can we study something as complex and mysterious as the mind? Even if we were to split open the skull of a willing volunteer and have a look inside, we would only see the gloopy grey matter of the
brain. We cannot see someone thinking. Nor can we observe their emotions, or memories, or perceptions and dreams. Psychology not only studies all of these things but also teaches how we study humans to understand why they behave the way they do.

Course content

Unit 1:
You will study how Psychologists study human behaviour including biopsychology. You will investigate how Psychologists plan and conduct their research in an ethical
way and how they study individual differences scientifically. You will learn how to analyse data using statistics and how to interpret data.

Unit 2: How others influence how we behave and how we influence others; how we remember and why we forget. You will also be able to understand why people get anxious and suffer from psychological problems such as phobias and obsessive compulsive disorder and investigate the behaviour of children and long lasting effects of attachments.

Entry requirements

It is NOT necessary to have studied Psychology at GCSE level but if you have achieved a C grade or below you will struggle with the subject as it is a big step up from GCSE.

Future opportunities

Psychology studies human behaviour so is useful in any career that works with people. Careers dealing with people either in work or social situations e.g. management, selling, advertising, marketing, journalism, teaching, nursing, youth and social work and administrative roles as well as careers in Psychology.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 January 2017

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